Encouragement: We Can Do Hard Things

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“We can do hard things.”

This is a saying that I’ve been hearing lately. Maybe it’s an encouragement that when faced with a new challenge or walking through difficult circumstances that we can get through it. “We can do hard things” recently came into play for me when I had to address a medical situation. These are tough, as sometimes there is little or nothing you can do to change the outcome. That is hard to accept. Although you may not have the power to change the situation, you have power in your response to it.

Being aware of feelings and expressing them. Acknowledging that I was scared about the next medical step helped me realize that it was normal, and that I didn’t have control of the results. Writing feelings down helps identify them, get them out, and reminds us that we are doing the best we can. It helped me move forward with what I needed to do for the day and not let anxious thoughts take over.

Reaching out for help shares the load. I reached out to several close friends and asked them to pray for me. This helped me know that I was not alone. I received help by having a friend go with me to one of the medical procedures. That was so comforting and supportive. Another way to reach out is to find a mentor or others who have been through something similar, and ask them what helped them on their journey. This is when we see others “do hard things” and make it through, it gives us the encouragement and hope that we can too.

“The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Renee Pfeffer, M.A LPC Intern supervised by Christy Graham, LPC Supervisor Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

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