“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – President John F. Kennedy  

As I read this, it caused me to reflect on hard things.  I’ve been part of hard things before.   

Sometimes they were forced upon me.  The circumstances causing them were beyond my control.  But I had to deal with them.   

Sometimes I caused them.  Through inaction or negligence.  I should have known better.  I should have seen it coming.  But eventually, I had to deal with a hard thing.   

President Kennedy talked about “choosing” hard things.  He inspired choices that are ambitious.  He said, “look to the things that you don’t think are possible.”  He said, “look to the things that will take more work and effort than you have put forth.”   

Choose to break a hard habit.  Choose to embark on a tougher course of learning.  Acquire a skill that takes hours of practice and instruction.   

Not because it’s easy.  But because it’s hard.