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Friday, October 14, 2016

Hard Stuff Isn't the Boss {CELEBRATE This Week: 162}

I'm glad you are here to celebrate! 

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This is my celebration: It's never too late to write a new version of the way a story goes. It is also the heart message of my new book.

Hard stuff happens. It doesn't matter where you live, how much you read, what clothes you wear, or when you were born. If you're human, hard stuff happens.

Often hard stuff happens and there's no one to blame. Sometimes hard stuff happens because of the people around you. Other times hard stuff happens because of choices we make. If you're human, hard stuff happens.

It's important not to be defined by the hard stuff.

Just because there's hard stuff, doesn't mean we have to be on a hard road forever-the-rest of our lives. Hard stuff doesn't have power over our lives. Hard stuff isn't the boss.

The truth is, a new version of the way a story goes can be written. We can help kids rewrite the way their stories go. It starts by knowing Story matters. Our stories and their stories. We must own our stories, hold on to them, say good bye to them, and write the version we want to live.

There is hope in revision. Here's to writing through the hard to find a better version.


  1. "There is hope in revision." I love this! I completely agree. Thank you for sharing!

  2. "Write the version we want to live." Each day gives a clean sheet of paper to do just that.

  3. I know that your new book is going to inspire, Ruth, and give teachers a new look at how important stories are for their students to write. Knowing that importance will give a boost to them, and to teachers who may need to tell their stories too. Thanks for our inspiration today!

  4. makes such a difference. I love your words about story.

  5. Stories matter so much. I'm grateful for this community where we can share our stories. Never too late to write a new version of the story is a powerful mantra. Here's to hope in revision.

  6. What a beautiful message. Your thinking is one that refocuses and changes behaviors, because it is a stance, not a strategy. Can't wait to read this book, but I'm holding on to this: "There is hope in revision."

  7. Love that photo and words at the top. So much truth in this, we just have to have faith and perseverance to continue the path forward.

  8. I think we are forever in the act of reinventing ourselves, Ruth - of becoming better versions of ourselves. Beautiful photograph!

  9. I am a firm believer in the fact that life is fragile and uncertain but there is always a tomorrow to rely on. Faith gets us through the hard stuff. Thanks for this inspirational post, Ruth.


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