It’s the day after the 89th Academy Awards ceremony and boy did this years show cause a sensation!
From the fiasco surrounding the oscar for “Best Film” to the astounded faces of the tour group that got front row seats, and the cute candy parachutes. It was certainly a show to remember.
My biggest “ahh” moment came courtesy of the fabulous Viola Davis. Her speech in thanks for her “best supporting actress” award was thoughtful and full of passion for those she loves and what she does, a speech full of both grace and gratitude.
When she thanked her parents, “the center of my universe, the people who taught me good and bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose”… my heart had a melting moment.
I thought of my own kids, and the lessons my husband and I strive to teach them as parents. I thought that if any of my children delivered a speech like that, I would practically burst with pride.
It is hugely important that we teach our kids good from bad, and when it comes to financial literacy and money managment, there are so many ‘good’ things to choose from.
- How chores can bring out the entrepreneur in any child;
- How to spend wisely; and,
- The value of money.
When it comes to the ‘bad’, we can:
- talk to them about the lessons we’ve learnt with money; and
- teach them lessons in over and under-spending.
Viola also mentioned that she thanked her parents for teaching her ‘how to fail’, ‘how to lose’. What did she mean by that? I think her upbringing taught her that the most important thing was to TRY.
We all fail, and it’s not something to beat ourselves up over. Failing at something proves that we had the courage to try something new. It is important that we teach our kids that pushing the boundaries beyond their comfort zone could lead to fulfil their dreams. And, when things don’t go according to plan, it’s imperative that we talk to them about the experience, and get them to see that there is a lesson in every failure. A lesson in how we’d do things differently next time around.
It is precisely these teachable moments, learning from failure and trying once more, that could drive the next generation to achieve greatness.
Thanks for the reminder Viola, and huge congratulations on the Oscar.
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