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Phillip's First Bike Ride

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

— Mary Anne Radmacher

We’ve all heard the old saw about – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  The part that they leave out is that if you just keep doing the same thing over and over, in most cases, it’s not going to lead to success.  It’s going to lead to frustration.

I find myself falling into this mistake every once in a while.  Usually, I do it with physical tasks – something requiring manual dexterity.  You may find this hard to believe, but I was born without Continue reading » If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

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Successful Failure???

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Can failure be successful?

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.

— Napoleon Hill

If you think you’ve failed and give up, then you’ve probably judged the situation appropriately.  But if you think you’ve failed and you try again or look with new eyes, then perhaps you’ve successfully failed.  In an attempt to create glue that would never come unstuck, researchers developed an adhesive that was so “low-tack” it could actually be unstuck and re-stuck.  NOT what they were looking for.  Six years later, Art Fry looked at that “failure to stick” with new eyes: Continue reading » Successful Failure???

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Be Good to Yourself – WALK!

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Why is it so difficult for us to do the very things we know will make us better?

We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.

— Leo F. Buscaglia

I’m happy to report that the mañana I wrote about in my last post dawned COLD (!!) and sunny, but NOT wet and windy.  And I made good on my resolve to, among other things, go for a looong walk around the block. And I very much ENJOYED the fact that I was indeed doing what I said I would.  After letting my daily walk dwindle down to a maybe-once-a-week-walk, I’m back at it and getting my steps in every morning.

So here I am – on the other side of failure.  Yes, I have an entire 3 days under my belt — YAY. The question of the day is: How do I keep that “streak” going??? Continue reading » Be Good to Yourself – WALK!

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Creating the Labels We Want

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Labels are devices for saving the talkative person from thinking.

— John Morley

Labels are tricky things.  Sometimes we don’t even know the label that we have for ourselves until something brings it to our attention.

Over the years, one of the things I’ve learned about myself is that I’m persistent.  When I put it that way, it’s a good thing.  If someone calls me stubborn, it’s an insult.  I’m persistent without being stubborn!??  How do I do that?

From a very young age, we are labeled.  Our parents tell their friends – and us – that we’re “well-behaved” or “a challenge” or “into everything” or “curious.”  Even if we don’t know the words, we know the tone of voice and we adopt the Continue reading » Creating the Labels We Want


On the Far Side of Failure – DIY Revisited

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This post is part of the Everything Home Blog Carnival.

Ready to throw in the towel?  Wait.

Recently I bragged that I was DIYn’ (Do-It-Yourself) and feeling good about it. Well… that was then – when I was on a nice, happy high. Now I’m at a new low…

You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success – on the far side of failure.

— Thomas John Watson, Sr.

Yeah, that would be me… making all the mistakes I can find as I try to fix a small but significant problem here at my writing desk.  You see, I broke my keyboard drawer and for a couple of weeks I’ve been working (unsuccessfully) at replacing it.

On the Far Side of Failure

First there was the crazy-making search for a new keyboard drawer that would fit in the space available. I’m two iterations deep in that… I’ve already Continue reading » On the Far Side of Failure – DIY Revisited