Monday, September 14, 2015

I Can Do Hard Things

I wear this bracelet around my wrist most days to help me remember 
that I can do hard things.
I think recovering and surviving a plane crash was really hard (and still is),
but it's also things like transferring Lottie from a crib
to a toddler bed.  That was really hard for me to do!!
It was emotional (my baby isn't in a crib anymore...wahhhh)
and frustrating (she yells my name and gets out of bed frequently).
Doing hard things means making the right choice even when it's difficult. 
Doing hard things also involves forgiving, understanding, 
and resisting the urge to try to fix everything all the time.
Sometimes, it's talking about things that bring up 
emotions you don't want to feel,
it's standing up for others, and certainly it's
being true to your faith.
And a lot of the time, doing hard things means being honest.
Just because something is hard doesn't mean it's wrong
or that we should throw in the towel.
Looking back now, some of my most rewarding moments were also
undoubtedly some of the most challenging days I'll ever know.
After the accident, everything was hard,
 I couldn't even go to the bathroom by myself.
Deep down, I knew that these hardships were a big part of my journey
 here on earth, and God was in control. 
I knew I was learning patience, hard work, love, empathy, and mercy.
I was learning to stretch and grow to enrich 
my children's lives someday with my experiences.
It wasn't always pretty, but I never gave up.
Yes, I can do hard things.

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