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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.
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EDDYMEESE 1/5/2014 9:24PM

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SOSIREGIME 1/5/2014 10:41AM

    Love that saying! And I agree - I can often do things I didn't think I could do. Making up my mind to take that first step is key. Thanks for the inspiration!

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SUEPERWOMAN 1/5/2014 10:13AM

 
I really like this, well done!

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TATTER3 1/4/2014 11:02PM

    This is excellent!!! Love that southern wisdom!!!

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BECKYSFRIEND 1/4/2014 9:46PM

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IOEINC 1/4/2014 9:10PM

    Sounds like you had very smart and very caring parents!!



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PAMNANGEL 1/4/2014 8:56PM

    Good lesson to learn.

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JAXMOMMY 1/4/2014 8:54PM

    Great lessons and well learned! I too often surprise myself more by what I can do that I thought I couldn't! Keep Sparking!!

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PICKIE98 1/4/2014 8:42PM

    You are very blessed to have such parents....

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TEAROSE22 1/4/2014 8:20PM

    An inspiring message. I amaze myself too. Good luck in the new year.

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LJOYCE55 1/4/2014 8:11PM

  I agree. thank you for reminding us.

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