Friday, July 02, 2010

Do Hard Things Date

Pin It Now! We had to take our picture in the car b/c my son was not about to embarrass himself in the restaurant.

I told my oldest, who is on the verge of turning 11, that when he finished reading Do Hard Things, I'd take him on a date. So, we went to Chili's (his choice) and had a swell time.

I have already raved about this book in another post, so I won't gush again here. I did want to point out, though, that when I handed Do Hard Things to my son, he kinda gave me that "I-have-to-read-this?" look. My look back to him meant, "Yes, you have to read this."

He liked it. And I can tell he is pumped about it. He probably didn't get teary-eyed (like I did) over it, but I am so glad that he really did like it. I think it will be one of those books that he will go back to over and over again--at least in his mind--when making life choices, especially the hard ones.

Some topics of our discussion:

  • Myth of Adolescence and current teen expectations

  • Goals for my son's teenage experience

  • Five Kinds of Hard-- Things outside comfort zone, Things that go beyond what's expected or required, Things that are too big to accomplish alone, Things that don't earn an immediate payoff, and Things that challenge the cultural norm.

  • Small Hard Things

  • Being known for what you DO and not just what you don't do

  • Focusing on doing what God is doing in YOUR life and not comparing yourself to others

  • Doing what's hard for YOU

  • Pursuing excellence and not excuses

I enjoyed my time with my son. I am still having a difficult time grasping the fact that this young man isn't crying over cracked breakfast bars, lighting up every time he sees a train, and cuddling and twirling my hair in his ear at bedtime. *sigh*

He's growing up, and I hope he knows that while I am so NOT perfect and overreact and fail at times, I do love him with all my heart. :)

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