Do Something Hard!
I mentioned in a recent post that my mom, Kay, was very sick and in the hospital. She passed away April 25, and we had the memorial service for her this past Sunday. In it, I shared a challenge with the people in attendance that I’d also like to share with you.
Given all the conversation Mom and I had over the years about so many different things, I believe I’m one of few people who can stand here today and tell you what she would want you to know.
She had a number of challenges and health issues that she could do nothing about. However, a significant part of the health issues Mom had came from having to make some hard choices and do some difficult things, but choosing not to. I’m not minimizing how hard they would have been to make, but the fact remains that they were still choices.
And so my second challenge to you today, on her behalf, is to do something hard. Something important, something that will make you a better person or move you along a path you need to take. I know you’ve got something. Maybe it’s losing weight, breaking a bad habit (and replacing it with a good one), forgiving someone, asking for forgiveness, making a phone call or writing a letter, pursuing a dream that you’ve been putting off or thought was impossible, or looking more closely at what faith means—and doing something about it. Maybe it’s something different than any of those, but I’ll bet when I said “Do something hard,” there is a specific action that came to mind. It’s the one you immediately thought of, but then thought, “No, not that one. That’s too hard. I’ll think of something else.” Don’t think of something else. Do that one.
Though most of you who will read this never met her, in honor of Mom, as a tribute to her, I ask you to do it. Don’t put it off. Do it in the next 30 days. If it has multiple steps (like losing weight or replacing a bad habit with a good one), take at least the first step in the next 30 days. And when it’s extra hard and you want to quite—or not start—think of Mom and press on.
Question: What is your “hard thing?” Talk about it in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.