Hanae is next to tell the story of Mission Skills and how they affected this 2016 graduation class. Her story is about the small things that add up, the first teetering walk on playground tires or the tireless process of draft after draft for that paper. All moments of challenge with the risk of failure are steps towards building strength of body and character.

Resilience doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t require scaling a rock wall or pulling an all-nighter studying for an exam. All it requires is a consistent nudge by someone you trust to push a little harder, to recognize that mistakes are natural and needed, to see that the effort was worth the work. For Lexington School students, that trust springs from their teachers. “You can do it; just TRY!” is the mantra that starts the flywheel spinning. From the playground to the performance hall, keep trying, keep working, keep doing your best eventually and finally pay off.

These graduates will move on to the next school and the next series of challenges, but they will be ready. When they experience the next set back, the next set of skinned knees, they will remember the tires, the papers, the first time on stage, and they will metaphorically reach to brush off the dirt, stand up tall, and keep on moving. That is a skill most needed in high school, college, and most of all LIFE.

 

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