Twice this week I heard the mutterings of the words "This is hard."
First, my daughter said this while she was sitting at the kitchen table working on some physics calculations on Thursday night.
Yesterday, a student uttered them as he was working on a STEM assignment.
I feel lucky that I was aware enough to hear these words as they floated through the air, for I don't think they were necessarily meant for me to hear.
But those words told me that learning was happening.
Those words were helping to build perseverance.
Those words helped me evaluate whether I needed to step in to assist (nope!) or allow the learning to unfold on its own.
I think those words, "This is hard," are actually a blessing.
Because learning IS hard.
Growth IS hard.
Leaving our comfort zone IS hard.
But why would we always want to do what's easy? Life would get boring.
So today I celebrate those moments of "This is hard" because it tells me life is happening.
For this, I celebrate.