WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!
I went hiking with all the girls in girls camp this year, It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. As we did this hike, all around the fingers of the lake and back and forth looking for something, anything that resembled a trail, I couldn't help by compare it to my own life. It seems to me as if there have been plenty of times when I just had to take the long way around. I knew the road to travel, but for whatever reason known only to my crazy brain, I just had to try it my own way.
I know that I have learned from those experiences. I know that I have even become better because of most of them. But often, I have had to question why the learning seems to be so much harder for me that it ought to be. What is it that tempts me along the paths of the hard road?
I have learned that we all go through those "long way around" times in our lives. The closer that I am able to be to my Heavenly Father, the easier the road is to find. Many tears later, I wonder why I would not listen in the first place.
It would be easy to blame those times on my life, on the things that happened to me to put me in that place, but that is also not the whole truth of it. At some point, in each of our lives, we get to choose. We get to make choices in spite of (or maybe even because of) our pasts. We get to get out our own compass and map and find the right trail.
I have learned that my past does not have to define my future. I can change. I can choose. I can become. We all get to do hard things. The question is, are you making excuses, or are you making a trail? It really is completely up to you.
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties. It means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.
And remember, you really can do it!