Hard Truths

“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” Gerald R. Ford

Julie Yip-Williams (see her story on CBS Sunday Morning, see her blog – “My Cancer Fighting Journey”), a young woman with daughters 6 and 8, died recently after a hard fought battle with colon cancer. Her bog inspired my blog. She was brutally honest about her disease, her upcoming death, and what this meant to her family. She prepared her daughters as best she could. Her story is compelling and I’m inspired by her hard truth telling.

When I speak with motherless daughters, so many recount stories of how the “C-Word” was never mentioned before or after their mother died. In some cases, the mother wasn’t talked about after her death. Daughters tell me that these non-truth telling circumstances became even more damaging to them than the fact of their mother’s death.

Affirmation: I have the courage to tell hard truths.

Coaching questions: What hard truths are not shared in your family? What is that costing you? How did your family handle the hard truth of your mother’s death? What difference did that make in your life?

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