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Doing what's hard

With God's help, you can make the changes you want

Even though we've been out of school for a long time, September still seems like the start of a new year. We find ourselves in the mood to explore some different subjects, shift our daily routine and make new commitments. But we know ourselves well enough to realize that we often resist change, and we need a spiritual practice to reinforce our intention.

A few years ago, reading Bo Lozoff's book It's a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice (Penguin, 2001), we were struck by a slogan used in his community: "You can do hard." Lozoff, co-founder of the Human Kindness Foundation and its award-winning Prison-Ashram Project, explains that in our times saying something is "too hard" allows us to give up without trying.


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