"It is ok to try and fail, but not to fail to even try."
Try... always try. Never stop trying. Every failed try is one step closer to success. The entire Scientific Method is based on trying. You find something you want to learn or test and you give it a shot, record results, ponder what you learned, and then try again in a new way... over and over until you succeed. No where in that method does it say to give up. Nor does it say any place to stop and have a fit... that is for my kids benefit :-)
You know how you loose something and you always find it in the last place you look? Imagine if you always gave up right before that spot. So many things would never be found. Imagine if you never took that last step towards meeting your best friend. All the cool stories and secrets you would have missed out on. All the adventures you would have missed!
Here is challenge for you today... look back at something you gave up on. Something simple like learning to juggle or leaning a new dance, or just learning the words to a favorite song. Now try again. That's all... just give it another shot... and then another. Keep trying until you get it. That one small success will fuel you.
I always like to remember one of may favorite quotes from the movie Better off Dead...
"I think all you need is a small taste of success, and you will find it suits you."
"Its a magical world, Hobbes ol' buddy... let's go exploring!"
~Calvin n Hobbes ( Bill Waterson)
I remember when I was a kid looking forward to long weekends. Not for parties or a big get together, but for the opportunity to wander and explore. Granted we lived in a small town in eastern Idaho right on the Snake river ( St. Anthony, ID ). So there were lots of open spaces just out side of town. You could follow the river or any number of creeks and irrigation canals off into the woods or out onto the sand dunes.. The vast majority of the landscape is sage brush covered prairie, but if you had the desire and a good sense of adventure you could find all sorts of places to explore.
The little town its self has a interesting history and used to have some old buildings with great charm. From prohibition tunnels and an old starch factory to old brick city buildings and memorial statues St Anthony held a lot of character. The city park that is pretty much and island. And every year the city host a free Fisher Man's breakfast in the park. There was plenty for me and my friends to explore. Fish right in the park, swim at the Sand Bar in the summer. It was a great place to grow up.
Even when we got older we would swap our bicycles for dirt bikes and play on the dunes all weekend, or in the winter we could ride our snow machines all over the dry farms. Every teen-aged weekend was filled with thoughts of how far out there can we get before we got lost or run out of gas. Imagine all the pictures if we had cell phone cameras back then.
So much has changed there. The town is not 100% the same, but I hold fond memories of me and my cousins exploring all along the river with a back pack full of sandwiches and chips. It was like Middle Earth every Summer. We were Hobbits some years, and Freemen from Dune other years. Even floating the river down from the north eastern bridge to the park was filled with stories of the creatures from the deep water or dinosaurs in our imagination that were trapped on the small islands.
Enjoy your part of the world. Slow down and see the hidden treasures when ever you can. Things will change and we will age along with the land. Treasure the moments and go Exploring!
"Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them them are wrong."
~ W. R. Purche
First off, I could not find out who W.R. Purche is, but tons of people are quoting him... or her... Some one send me a link if you find a Wikipedia article out there on W.R. Purche... please and thank you :-)
That does not render the quote any less true. Dogs a special creatures that love their families more then they love them selves. They are faithful, loyal, and protective. They can make you feel better with wag of their tails and pee wile doing it. My dogs are living proof. If you ever take a look at my Instagram or my YouTube Channel, you will see tons of pics and video of my dogs... and the cat... and the kids. Ok Ok, I take a lot of pictures :-)
The dogs are always there to greet me and the rest of the family. Opie in particular loves to lick you any time you are holding still. He and Seth both smile... yes smile, when we come home. It looks like a growl but his tail is wagging so hard his whole body wiggles. Opie started it and then Seth started smiling too. Seth's is like a half smile, but it is so endearing that you can't help but smile back.
Opie licks you...Seth may bite you , and Cody ... all 90 pounds of him just wants a hug! Even Selena ( the cat ) has her way of crawling up onto my lap or giving head butts to encourage me to pet her. My fur babies all have a way of making me smile, and each has a special place in my heart.
"The hardest step you will ever take is to blindly trust in who you are."
Ever wonder why its so hard to just believe in our selves or simply trust our selves? I do... I wonder often what makes so many people doubt them selves.
Is it the constant barrage from friends, media, or haters always poking at us? Or are we just prone to this feeling of not being enough? I struggle sometimes with not feeling like I am worth attention or not worth the effort of others. What ever it is that triggers this sort of feeling, remember this... it is not true.
You are worthy of trust. You are worthy of love, attention, and simple compassion. But you must choose to trust your self and treat your self with kindness and caring. People will treat you how you let them, and they see how to treat you by how you treat yourself. Your everyday self speak will show in your actions and other will pick up on it and treat you in kind.
So stop treating your self so badly. Love you self... trust your self. You are the only you that you have. You are unique, wonderful and so very worthy of trust. Now treat your self as trustworthy. It will change how you see your self and how others see you as well.