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I am inspired by those who do the things that many of us would shrink away from.

The other day I wrote about doing the hard things here. After it published the emails and pm’s and dm’s started to roll in with the same message :

“I think you wrote that for me because …”

I am thrilled that my wordy hobby might be used for a greater purpose, in other’s lives.

These communications I received … they were from people who shared such inspiring stories of doing the hard things … and so, I just couldn’t end the topic there.

The person going back to school, part time, knows this will open opportunities … even though it is going to be hard.

The one who is struggling with moving beyond a weight loss plateau knows that they will enjoy more energy … even though it is going to be hard.

The one who is struggling with anxiety knows that going out with friends will be fun … even though it is going to be hard.

The one who is returning to work after many years, knows that they will benefit from earning money and learning on the job … even though it is going to be hard.

The one who is sending her first born off to university, knows that the education and experiences for her child will be amazing … even though it is going to be hard.

The ones who are struggling in their marriage, know that counselling will help them figure their way through their struggles … even though it is going to be hard.

In my years working in special education, I have seen so many who do hard things. For those with special needs, doing hard things is an everyday exercise. Learning to sit quietly in a classroom or to not eat except during breaks are common hard things for these students. Then there are those who have to do the hard things like not give in to their obsessions or compulsions.

This summer I began volunteering, weekly, for an organization that I have admired. I knew that I would have to be the one to make efforts to get to know people. I knew it was going to be hard … and it was. My first day, I knew no one nor their ways of doing things. After each week I would say, “it was hard … but it’ll get better” … and it has. It would have been SO easy to quit after the first day … but I had to persevere, because I need to do what is hard.

We all need to do what is hard in our lives. There is mutual understanding in that reality. But we never set out to do such things on our own. God goes with us, wherever we go, whatever we do.

“Be strong and courageous;
do not be frightened or dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you
wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

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