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Recently my college son decided that he wanted to try contact lenses.  This is something I wouldn’t let him try when he was younger.  I can’t wear contacts.  As soon as my eyes detect anything, the tears come.  And I’m not talking moist eyes.  I’m talking tears running down my face and washing out the contact lens.

But he’s twenty.  He’s old enough to make decisions and deal with them.

At Crown Optical he did great.  They were impressed with how quickly he got them in.  He had a bit of trouble getting them out but after about ten minutes, he managed.

He wore them for a while yesterday when he got home from work but after about two hour was ready to take them out.  The right one presented no trouble. The left?  There was cussing and banging.  Yeah, I’m not sure about the banging.  After about 20 minutes, he got the left one out too.  He looked like someone jabbed him in the eye.

It doesn’t matter if it is a task you put before yourself or one that God intended for you.  If you don’t try, you can’t succeed.  And even if the first attempt is less than ideal, more often than not, we get another chance.

Try, try again.  And just think?  Ninety-nine percent of the time, it doesn’t require putting your finger in your eye.


So often we let perfectionism stop us in our tracks.  I’m fiddling around redoing some things in my office and I’ve decided to paint my door with chalkboard paint.  Then I’ll attach my bulletin board to the top of the door and I won’t have to paper clip gift cards to my calendar.  I’ll pin them to the board.

“But what if you don’t like it?  Won’t chalk be messy?”

I’m amazed by the number of people who have balked.  My father went so far as to wish I wouldn’t do it.  Seriously?  It’s paint.  If I don’t like using it as a chalkboard, then I just have a black door.  And if I don’t like the black, I can and will repaint it.  This isn’t like getting a degree and then not wanting to work in the field.  The door’s a mess already.

But what if…?

What if it turns out great?  Or even just okay?

God gives us talents and inspiration.  But how often do we talk ourselves out of giving something a shot because it might be hard or messy?  Or we may not succeed on the first try?

Yes, this “whatever, let’s try it” attitude can sometimes yield questionable results.  Note:  I have a really bright green door into the back of the garage.  But in truth?  It looks way better than the weathered white paint did.  And, anyway, it’s just paint.  I could repaint it but I actually kind of like it.

Now if only it would quit raining.  I’ve got to get going on this door.


Unlike Neil Gaiman, she is probably hoping he doesn’t start the New Year with a mistake. Still – try new things.

When I pair an image with a quote, I’m hoping for something that challenges viewers or makes them think.  I’m sure when I picked this one I was thinking — yes, yes, try new things!  Really push yourself.

This morning, as I stumble out of bed and begin to post it I realize – um, no.  This would not be a good time to make a mistake.

Ah, well.  Clearly, I made a bit of a mistake.  And really this is still a valid quote.

So what new things are you trying this year?  Me?  I’m going to make another attempt at journaling.  You have no clue how many times I’ve tried this and failed.  But I am a compulsive list maker so I’m going to try a bulleted journal.  I’ll be getting started on that this afternoon in my warm, fabulous dining room.  We are supposed to be getting ice and have been warned to stay off the road.  So I’ll scare up a journal or a notebook, my markers and colored pencils and get creative.

Part of the reason that I’ve chosen this particular thing to try is that I feel God calling me to spend less time online.  Yes, it is a great way to connect with people like my gal pals here but it is also endless.  I need to get back to more concrete activities.  Hence, this project in paper.




Have a Mary Little Christmas

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