Day 5 – Be Thankful for Each New Challenge

Be thankful for each new challenge, 

Because it will build your strength and character. 

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

When I was in college I wrote a paper on resiliency in children. I wanted to determine why some children are resilient in challenging circumstances while other children are not. The fundamental premise I was trying to answer was whether the child’s success was a result of “nature” vs. “nurture.” In other words, did the child succeed because of genetics (i.e. nature) or because they had someone in their life that lifted them up (i.e. nurture). My conclusion after researching many resilient kids from a variety of countries and backgrounds was that it was a little bit of both.

However, the one trait they all had in common was a positive outlook on their circumstances and they built their character on the foundation of the challenges they were able to overcome.

A positive outlook on circumstances


1. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

I know each challenge I’ve experienced in my life and have overcome has grown my strength and character. Each obstacle I’ve overturned has moved me closer to where I want to be and has strengthened my competence, confidence, and courage.


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Gratitude Prompts

Have you ever had a challenge in your life that you conquered and afterward you felt like you grew immensely from the experience? How was your strength in character shaped by the challenge?

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Day 1 – Be Thankful for What You Don’t Have

Day 2 – Be Thankful for Lacking Knowledge

Day 3 – Be Thankful for Difficult Times 

Day 4 – Be Thankful for your Limitations