Monday, October 3, 2011

Try, Try Again

Today I tried using my breadmaker for the first time to actually bake a loaf of wheat bread. I've used it before, but just to make dough. Unfortunately, something happened and the machine either burned out or blew a fuse or something (still trying to figure that out) and I couldn't finish the baking cycle. It appeared that it had mixed everything together and the dough had risen, and it just needed to be baked. So I tried taking it out of the machine and putting it in the oven to bake. I'm not sure yet whether it worked, I think I have to wait for it to cool to test it. I also started a new knitting pattern today. I have some friends who I need to make some baby gifts for, and I decided to try some new items/patterns instead of making the same stuff I always do. In the (unlikely) chance that they read this, I'll have to wait until they get the gifts to post about them more specifically. These two things I've tried today are very small in the grand scheme of life, but it got me thinking about willingness to try. I think that maybe a big reason so many people are afraid to change or try new things is because of the possibility of failure. Nobody likes to fail, myself included, but if we live our lives out of fear we miss out on endless potential experiences. I think most of us could probably work more at trying new things, large and small.

3 comments:

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

this is one of my ALL TIME favorite quotes: 'every failure is in a sense a success because it leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.'

can't remember who said it, but the book is on my shelf somewhere...

JJ said...

That's a GREAT quote, thanks for sharing!

thirtybefore said...

one of the teachers at the elementary school has a nice poster of a hockey player that says "you miss 100% of the shots you never take."