Friday, July 31, 2015

Five Minute Friday Fun: Try

Hi friend!

What day is it?
It's Friday!

And what does that mean?
It's time to party and have us some 5 Minute Friday fun! 

The party is at Kate's place in blog land. It's a linky party / blogger flash mob / free writing exercise. Whatever you want to call it, I say it's just plain fun - blog land style.

Everyone spends five minutes writing on the same topic. If they have a blog, they link up to Kate's post.

No blog? No problem! Just leave your five minutes of writing in the comments section.

The truly fun part is that you write with freedom. There's no emphasis on grammar or spelling. Punctuation is also worry free {yay! 'cause I love me a bunch of commas when I write}. Pretty much the only "rule" is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement. 

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and GO!


Hubby and I have been watching a show called American Ninja Warrior. Love it! How have we missed the previous seasons?

Many times I've thought that it's crazy that the competitors have only one try to finish the course. If they miss an obstacle they are out.

That's it. Done.

Their run for this year is over.

These men and women train. I mean seriously train. Like for some of them every single day.

I don't know why. Honestly I don't. Such hard work for one try.

Just to get to the end of the course and move on from city qualifying to city finals to nationals.

Most of them fail.

They don't reach the end and get to push the buzzer to stop the clock, get their name on the leaders board and move on to the next level.

As they walk away they say things like -
"I'll try again next year. "
"That was fun."
"I'm glad I made it this far."

Sure they're disappointed that they didn't get to finish every obstacle, but they all seem thrilled for the opportunity to have tried.

When we first started watching this show I just didn't get why they put all the time, energy and expense (some train in a gym and some make their own obstacle course in their basement or garage) into training for one try at the prize.

And it didn't seem fair that there were no do-overs or second chances. Man all that work for nothing.

Maybe I don't get it because I don't like to try something competitive unless I'm pretty sure I'll succeed.

Get an "A+"

Make 10 out of 10 correct.


However, the longer we watch the Ninja Warriors compete the more I think I'm getting it.

It's not the winning. Well, yea it is.

But, I think for them they do it as much for the experience and fun as for the win.

And if they fail? Well, there's always next year.

and STOP!

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Here's to trying new things. Not to win, but for the experience.

Love ya, 


  1. What a great life lesson. That we try new things and not just to win but for the experience of it.

    1. Thanks for always encouraging me! Love you!

  2. Your post left me nodding my head in agreement and smiling. Yep! "Here's to trying new things. Not to win, but for the experience." There is much that we hesitate to even try because we fear failing, not doing well, or losing. The approach you encourage frees us up to experience life in a fuller way. Thanks for your wisdom. Visiting from FMF.

    1. So glad you got what I was trying to say. Sometimes when I write I'm not sure if I'm able to put my thoughts/musings to words that others will understand.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know you've visited my place here in bloggy land. :) Hope you keep trying and hanging on to Jesus. He is faithful to hang onto us when we don't have the strength to hang onto Him.


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