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We can do hard things.

Monday thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis from Carry On, Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton

"We can do hard things. We humans have an uncanny ability to learn. We grow. We overcome. We adapt. We rest. We change our minds. Make amends. Laugh. Blow milk out our noses when laughing. We plan. We cease. We strive. There is no end to what we can do. But sometimes it feels too hard to do anything. Breathing seems like hard work and the days seem long and nights bound to infinity.

We can do hard things. Have you ever watched a kiddo tackle new reading or math and emerge from all of the effort triumphant? No gladiator’s gloat can compare. When kids learn in school, like the gladiator in the ring, they are fighting for their lives. And they do hard things. When a man becomes a dad and learns to become a father along the way, the wonder is real and the triumph is no less hard-won. As we grapple with this thing of living, encountering the unknown graces and shadow places; still learning to be present, be kind, be “here now”; we are still growing. The hard everyday things of filing taxes, getting the kids to their places on time…fed, forgiving, and hoping for the future can be very hard daily things. We do hard things. We do hard things because they must be done or we have a hope in doing them, something better and more desirable than the present situation will become. We love when hate feels more warranted because we believe kindness leads to healthier society; a safer place in which to grow and launch our loved ones. We do the work we sometimes despise because we know good will come from our follow-through, people depend on us…we depend on us to show up and get the job done. We do hard things. Every day. We are our own everyday heroes. We are the people we’ve been waiting for. Lawn-mowing, report-creating, quietly-listening, barf-cleaning, long-waiting people because we hope. And persist. Our hope is grounded in truth: we matter. We do hard things. Every day. We matter. Sally forth in derring do and live with hope."

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