Sometimes We Just Need to Try

I am linking up for Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Try.” We’d love to have you join us on Thursday nights for our Twitter party.

One foot in front of the other, around each switchback, working my way to the top of the mountain. I’m not sure if I’ll get there but I must give it a try. I’m putting every fiber of my being into this climb.ย Because one doesn’t know what is above until one gets to the top.

Panting with every breathe, I’m ready to give in; to throw in the towel. But my friends, my traveling companions won’t give up on me. They too want me to try and are cheering me on.

After awhile, and much whining on my part, we get close to the top. Yet I’m finished. I don’t want to try anymore. I’m weary! My friends continue up to the top while my friend Scott and I start down the mountain. But not before I’m given time to pray and release some tears.

Then we begin down the mountain. We come to a clearing and Scott points to the mountain. You were there; probably three hundred feet from the base. In that moment, I realized sometimes it’s all about the attempt; giving it a try. It’s further than I’ve ever climbed/hiked before. I feel accomplished! Sometimes, it’s all about trying and doing what we didn’t think possible. Now I’m ready to try and hike even further!


42 thoughts on “Sometimes We Just Need to Try

  1. Great post, Tara. It’s all in the effort. Trying is actually doing, and even when success isn’t achieved by ‘normal’ standards, the fact that you’re out there is success in itself.

    Sometimes forme success is just getting up and getting through the day, even if I don’t accomplish more than a bare minimum. At least I showed up!

  2. Baby steps and one foot in front of the other is what it is all about. Congrats on climbing as I don’t think I would be able to do that. Although I am sure next time you will make it all the way and be ready to go even further the next time.

  3. This post reminds me of the Erin Hanson quote,

    “And you ask “What if I fall?”
    Oh but my darling,
    What if you fly?โ€”

    Yes, and I love how trying something new gives us courage, to try even more new things.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend! -Jolene

  4. Tara,
    oh so much! You tried! You went further than you’ve ever gone! The peak isn’t always the greatest part of the hike. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great job, sweet friend! (For nostalgia, look at my #44 post on this week’s linkup from my “try”athlon two years ago)
    And, take all of Andrew’s “You Did it”s to heart!!

  5. Thank you Tara for sharing this story. It reminds me of my recent bike rides. Even the slightest hills are difficult. One step, or one pedal, at a time and we are doing the try or trying the do!

  6. I like that you took what you could have seen as failure and turned it into a positive. You made progress and now you want to go further. That’s great!

  7. yes, and all those efforts add up to completion! In the Community Economic Development program, they had us keep a log of every single thing we did for our internship project. Even making a phone call that no one answered counted as a step along the way. As you move forward up that hill or in any endeavor, when you look back it’s always astonishing to realize how far you’ve traveled! I’m in the #77 FMF stop today.

  8. ” itโ€™s all about trying and doing what we didnโ€™t think possible.” I love this and need to claim it. Putting one foot in front of the other when challenges come. Thank you. I’m stopping over from the #72 spot. Thank you for sharing.

  9. “I am from the prairies of North Dakota; where wild flowers grow rampant and crowning golden fields yield the beauty of this land. Prairie sunsets and sunrises as far as the eye can see. A simple reminder of all God has created and reminds us all of our place in this broken beautiful world!” Beautiful Friend!

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