Lately we have a new motto in our house: We will try.
For instance, on many a trip to the playground, I’ve watched my daughter stare as other kids climbed up the slide. The other day we gave it a shot. I held her hand as she went. When she slipped and got discouraged? “Some things are hard,” I said. “We will try again.”
This advice does not only apply to her. Most days I do not get 10,000 steps in. It’s hard to get 10,000 steps in. But I try.
I long to be the kind of mother that makes delicious, healthy dinners every night. But it’s much easier to go through the drive-thru. This week we ate at home more than we ate out. I’m trying.
This year the “Community Read” in my town is “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo. Is it easy to spend the precious little reading time I have in my over-scheduled life reading about the ways I have been unknowingly complicit in racism? No. It’s hard. But I’m trying.
What hard things are you trying these days?
This message is excerpted from “How have you pushed yourself lately to do the hard thing?” by Sarah Carson from the July 5, 2021, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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