That is the Title of a book a young man named Bill Isaacs wrote after losing his loving wife to cancer.
When I was a contractor Bill was a kid. His dad was pastoring the New Hope Church which Sherry and I had founded. I had long ago left the ministry and completed a career in the military and I was visiting his dad. Bill was a HS student, he saw a “Red Raiders” tag on the front of my truck and said, “I’d love to have that.” (His local HS team)
I handed him a screw driver and told him to take it…… He did. He grew up, married and became a very popular administrator in our church. Then the nasty word Cancer raised its ugly head and Bill suffered the ultimate, watching the love of his life, succumb to cancer.
As we know, some cancer can be beaten. Breast and prostate Cancer for instance, are being beaten daily all over the world. But after Bill’s loss he wrote, “Life is Tougher Than we Thought” speaking for himself and his sons.(If you have encountered a terrible opponent in your life you will understand.)
I never see Bill anymore, but on occasion run into his dad & mom. (YZ and Judy Isaacs have been friends of ours for years). I always ask about him.
From’ Life 101’ by Rick Watson
( http://www.rickwatson-writer.com/ ) , in his column he tells of a friend who traveled with John Denver for many years until drugs and alcohol drug him to the bottom. He lost his good gig with Denver, his home, his family and his dignity.
Rick’s friend did recover and stayed sober 24 years before passing this week. BUT he had still lost what many folk only dream of.
Yes, Bill, Life is tougher than we thought.
This is nothing new. going back to Bible times, there was Judas. An apostle, trusted, an on the inside track with Jesus. But he Blew it.
Almost daily we hear of someone who ‘had it all’ and then for a moment of high happiness , risks and loses IT ALL.
Respected presidents, kings, politicians, ministers and business men; actors, sports figures and musicians risk it all, and when caught can say, “Life is tougher than I thought!”
Most of us know ‘friends and the worst hurt of all, family’ that tragedy, fate or stupidity have struck from out of left field and we can say with Bill, “Life Is Tougher Than I Thought!”
I like to think I can handle what ever comes, but so far my losses haven’t been the same as Bill’s and I am nearly twice his age.