To me, ducks symbolize resilience.
Think about it – no matter how rough the waters or steady the rains, ducks float. Remembering the old adage, like water off a duck’s back, metaphorically ducks don’t get weighed down by regrets, mistakes and disappointments, they paddle on no matter what.
In my work, I invite students to tap into their own inner duck by telling themselves they are strong and they can do it. I have given away hundreds of cute rubber duckies to children (and adults) who walk out of my office clutching their duck with new confidence. A tad cutsie? Maybe. But it’s effective.