Everything is not measured by results

charlie reading

This post is to make you think!  What have you done lately where you weren’t certain you would succeed?  Is there something you would like to try but are holding yourself back?  I think we all do that, so you’re human, but I encourage you to try anyway, and accomplish that much.  If you haven’t failed anything lately, maybe you’re setting your own bar too low.  Set it higher and surprise yourself.   Best wishes!

Embarrassing moment

Embarrassing moment

I admit to checking my blog stats and hope for high readership.  Not to say that I consider myself a writer.  Maybe I am a blogger now though.   But everything is not measured by results, certainly a person’s life isn’t.

But you know that old saying “ If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it. Does it make a sound?

Is it the same for blogging? I have now done nearly 300 posts, mostly my own, and some reblogs.  But if no one reads it, am I a blogger?

What does it sound like I am saying to you? I hope you are hearing me say I understand how a singer feels when they have a gold or platinum record, or an author when they have a book on the bestseller list. I understand that now because I check my own stats, and am more pleased to see lots of visits, and especially thankful to those people who sign up to follow my meandering thoughts.  (Thank you)

I think I am pretty satisfied though about this blog, much better than my first one, and I have learned a great deal. I think I am a blogger or writer like I am a try-athlete. I try to do whatever I can.  I ride my bike, I used to ride long distances quite regularly. I used to run and have done a few 10 km races so am pleased to have done that. I used to swim and swam regularly for a few years until I could swim a kilometre without stopping, more than 40 laps in my town pool.

I like to try to do all kinds of things, and I am satisfied with my own modest successes. I think I am glad that I am willing to try, from tai-chi to ashtanga yoga – I can say I have done it.

secret squirrelWhat does that say? Thinking it over I think it is a result of my upbringing. My Dad, bless him!, did everything himself that he could, and he taught me to be a DIY (do it yourselfer).  A surprising amount can be done, if what?  If you try. If you try. If you try.

When I was young little snapper my Dad built a garage door for our house and he also put a concrete floor in that garage.

He would do all kinds of things that I am sure he had never done before, but he thought about it, and asked questions and did it. He is still like that and impresses me even with what he can do on his computer.

He transferred that thought plan to me when I was young. When I wanted to fly a kite, my dad bought me balsa wood and showed me how to use newspaper, string, and balsa wood to make a kite.

family picture of Gerald, Lillian, Dave and James approx 1972

When I wanted a slingshot he found bike tire tubes that were discarded and used and used the rubber to make the sides of a slingshot, and the rest came from a branch in a tree.

I was expected to do things, cut grass, cut boards or whatever so I never doubted whether I could, and it was the same about sports;  I had the same equipment as others who do it; therefore I could do it also.

This is the point for myself, and for the reader.  Assuming you have two arms, and the rest of the standard equipment God hands out when we are born, then you can do most things also.

You can be a Try – Athlete, or a Try-Do it Yourselfer, or a Try Blogger, Try Chef, or Try-Author and don’t worry about whether you can do it, just busy yourself getting it done.

More and more I believe that you live to taste of life, and that is the best results of all. 

No regrets. 

Thanks for reading, for visiting, for looking at my older posts, and especially for sharing your thoughts, and for making suggestions!

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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