Aug 04 2017

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Five Minute Friday: Try

The Five Minute Friday word for today is try.




Try. It’s a good word. It’s the word we use with our children when we want them to do something new. It speaks of boldness and openness to new things. The pressure is off. We don’t have to like it or succeed. We just need to try.

Somewhere along the way, try has been cheapened to mean something less. We add the word “best” to give it a boost. “Try your best,” we say, as if trying should be anything less. When we don’t achieve, we say, “At least you tried,” or console with, “You tried your best.”

Now, if we’re determined, we don’t use the word try. Instead, we say, “I will.”

But trying isn’t a bad word. I love the boldness and freedom that comes with trying. The pressure to succeed can stifle a soul. Try gives us the freedom to make mistakes and get dirty.

“If you don’t succeed,” we’re told, “try, try, again.”

A life with the freedom to try mixed with the boldness of “I will” is what I want. How about you?


To try and fail is not the end of someone. It is the end only when it is the end. Rather, we keep trying and trying until we succeed. Free and bold.


What are you giving yourself the freedom to try?

I’m trying to learn balance in my life. The work-play balance is challenging.


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  1. Susan Schiller

    Trying and failing is a great learning experience. I try to remind my granddaughter this as much as possible, in fact, to fail as much as she can, because it’s as much a part of the learning experience as succeeding.

    It’s great to meet another writer at FMF – I have been away for awhile and it’s great to be back meeting other writers. Thanks for sharing!
    Susan Schiller recently posted…Try, Tried, and TrueMy Profile

    1. Cheryl

      Failure is a great teacher. Seeing her as a teacher and not as a judge is hard. But if one can approach trying as an opportunity to grow and expand as a person, there is a rich reward on the other side.
      Thank you for coming back to FMF and visiting me. šŸ™‚

  2. denise

    enjoyed this.

    1. Cheryl

      Thanks for visiting.

  3. Susan Shipe

    You know what? I really, really liked your write on “try” – so many things about it that I didn’t have “try” to like, I just did. Excellent perspective and so true! I am #46 in the FMF lineup today!
    Susan Shipe recently posted…five minute friday: tryMy Profile

    1. Cheryl

      Thank you for visiting.

  4. martha brady

    i loved the broadness of your post on try cheryl:) for some reason, all i could think about this time was the more narrow, negative use of the word…so that was what i focused on. i ended up in an interesting place where i didn’t expect to go so it worked out ok. and it spoke to what i needed to hear…so i guess it was good. hope it will help someone else.

    yours was a great post…especially what you had to say about trying and failing.
    martha brady recently posted…I’LL TRY…My Profile

    1. Cheryl

      Thank you. I love how writing can take you to new places you never expected.

  5. Tondra Denise

    “To try and fail is not the end of someone”. Yes ma’am. Could you say that a little louder please? I think we all need to hear this, to know this, to believe this… today! (FMF #88)
    Tondra Denise recently posted…Just Try… A Lesson From a StrangerMy Profile

    1. Cheryl

      It’s not the end! IT’S NOT THE END!
      It’s hard to believe in the moment.
      Failure is but a teacher not a judge.
      I’m so glad this was an encouragement to you.

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