Do Hard Things…With A Smile!
Just a week or so ago I spent the day with a long time friend and her daughter, Bella. Let me tell you about this gal…she’s very petite but comes with an extra-large personality. She had a few challenges early in life with her gross motor skills but her resilient personality helped her push through. And now she’s doing very well. In fact, she’s quite inspiring.
Making conversation with Bella, I asked her if she was looking forward to grade one and her response was enthusiastic.
“That’s great. What do you like to do at school?” I asked.
“I like to challenge myself,” Bella said with a smile.
Not sure if I heard correctly. “Pardon?”
Speaking slowly and deliberately, she said, “I like to do hard things.”
Wow. With that attitude, she is going places.
Every now and then I become weary. Life gets difficult. There are mornings when I want to pull the sheets over my head and stay there. I can’t take one more challenge. I don’t want one more hurt. Dreams seem too distant. Painful realities seem too close.
I know I’m not alone feeling this way. Did you have this kind of morning, too?
Then I remembered that no one promised anyone an easy life. And our attitude on how we face the ups and downs of life tremendously affect the outcome. I love the following quote from Charles Swindoll:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
So today, I’ll follow Bella’s lead. I’ll roll up my sleeves, put a smile on my face and take on those challenges!
“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” – Philippians 4:13 (Msg)