Branch Out

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“If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals,
you don't branch out, you don't try -- you don't take the risk.”
 - Rosalynn Carter

If I were to ask you what things you are really good at, odds are you would have to think about it and maybe might come up with a few.  But if I ask you what things you can't do well or wouldn't even consider trying, the list would probably fill a page.  We seem to be conditioned to think of ourselves in depreciating terms, not all that awesome, and certainly not as awesome as some other folks we know. 

It does seem like some people are good at whatever they attempt.  They are intelligent, creative, multi-talented and our own accomplishments seem so insignificant by comparison.  I suspect that the folks who shine in so many areas have three things in common... they believe in themselves,  they aren't afraid to branch out and try something new, and they aren't afraid of failure.  They also know that successful endeavors cannot happen if we don't even try, and the attempts, even botched ones, can be fun learning experiences.  Failure isn't final or fatal, it just means you need to regroup and try again.  Maybe you need to study up on it a bit more, find someone to guide you, or approach it from a different angle.  Practice may not make perfect, but it is certain to improve the odds.

There are lots of things I know I don't do very well, some I've tried and failed at during some phase of my life, and some I've never even dared to try at all.  Why is it that we are so quick to underrate our abilities and our capacity to learn?  Just because you tried it once a long time ago, doesn't mean another attempt might not turn out differently. 

What is it that you wish  you could do, or could do better?  What do you wish you had the courage to try?  We need to let our creative minds and imaginations soar.  We need to find enjoyment in the effort and not only in the outcome.  It is confining to stick with just the things that we know we can do well.  We need to branch out... try something new, discover a new talent, learn a new skill, share something we know how to do with someone who would like to learn!  Don't be afraid to spread your branches, reach out and experience all the wonderful things life has to offer, we have allowed fear to stuns our growth for far too long!
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "branch" 

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  1. Loved you branching out thoughts, Josie.

  2. Your post is very encouraging. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Your narrative style has a natural flow and enhances the essence of the content!

  4. You put it in such a way that i at least want to give it a go.

  5. I so love that poem. It just speaks to me. I'll need to give your urging some thought.

  6. We never know until we try, and we never try until we are sure of ourselves....

    Thanks for pondering with me!

    Happy Birthday!!


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