Don't Mind the Mule . . .
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Growing up, a frequent saying of my Father was "Don't mind the mule, just load the wagon!" - meaning, "Don't worry about me, just tell me what you need me to do!" [understand that he - and I - grew up in the South, where we're big on similes and metaphors - LOL].
I thought about this saying earlier today while working with my trainer. She told me about a new exercise she wanted me to attempt and asked what I thought about it. She smiled as I began my reply [because she's heard me use it so often before] - "I'll give it a try, 'cause one thing for sure, I either can do it or I can't and we won't know which until I try!"
Occasionally I'm surprised to find that I can't do something I thought I could do, but often I'm surprised [pleasantly] to find that I can do something I didn't think I'd be able to do.
I'm so appreciative to my Dad [and my Mom] for helping me learn that there's no shame in failing at an attempt, only in failing TO attempt.