Hardship. Friend or Foe?
Hardship is an interesting thing. None of us want it, but the further we move away from it the more often we are caught off-guard by it and unprepared to deal with it.
As our lifestyles become more comfortable we become more comfortable putting our well-being in the hands of others. The danger is that those people are also doing the same thing. As a society we become more complacent and we end up paying a terribly huge price for it. Hardship forces us to get off our couches. Hardship forces us to look up from our “smart” phones. Hardship forces us to band together. Hardship forces us re-engage our hearts and minds. We find ourselves thinking about history, and all those crazy things our parents tried to teach us.
Hardship forces us to take personal responsibility for ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors and total strangers. Hardship is something that we need in our lives to keep us humble, and to keep us focused on what really matters. We should not welcome hardship, but we should welcome the lessons it teaches us. We should never forget those lessons and just like our parents, we should teach these crazy lessons to our children and grandchildren.