The Tenacity to Try

Much has been said about hope and the audacity of it.  While I agree with that thesis, I have a bit something more to offer.  You see, hope can only get you so far.  You have to have a little more action, as Elvis said.  And trying is the only way you’ll get there.

I thought about trying this weekend when Rocky the Dog tried to walk on his bad leg.  Being that he’s a dog, we can’t exactly explain to him what’s wrong with him and what he needs to do.  So instead of taking our much offered advice to lay down and relax, whenever we were home he was up and about, trying to be normal.  And dogs don’t hope–they’re only able to try.

I again thought about trying this weekend when we visited The Mister’s Dad.  Being in the spot that he’s in–somewhere between a diagnosis and a prognosis–there’s very little you can do other than prepare yourself mentally and physically for the challenge.  And although he hasn’t been eating much lately, when his kids visited on Saturday and Sunday, he tried.  He got up, put his own game face on, and did what he could.  Though there’s a lot more he needs to do to prepare himself for this journey, he at least tried to enjoy the moment.  Hoping wasn’t going to get him anywhere, but trying got him a weekend with his family that he won’t soon forget.

So much emphasis is put on hope that we often forget that the next step is trying.  It’s not so much that action speaks louder than words, but it’s more like words can’t get you what you need and action can.  It might be audacious to hope, but it’s tenacious to try.

Today is the day to try.  Try something new.  Try something old.  Try to get past the demons that haunt us.  Today.  Not tomorrow.  As The Beatles once said, “tomorrow may rain so I’ll follow the sun.”

We should all take time to follow the sun.

What do you need to try doing this week?

16 comments for “The Tenacity to Try

  1. February 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks Kim – I really needed that today!

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Glad I could help!

  2. February 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Good post. It spoke to me too. :) Thanks, girl.

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      thanks! :)

  3. February 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Absolutely. I think we’re all guilty of sometimes just hoping more than trying but we just have to remember that trying = doing.

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Trying does equal doing. Sometimes we don’t succeed, but at least we gave it a try.

  4. February 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Good thoughts. I’m going to try to be more productive this week.

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      That’s a great start!

  5. J
    February 9, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I need to try and stay happy and positive in the midst of major career stress and vagueness.

    Cookies exist for a reason, I guess.

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      Career stress is extremely hard. It takes up all of your energy just to get through it.

      Cookies are good.

  6. Her
    February 9, 2010 at 8:25 am

    We’re trying lots of things over here–for years we hoped for a better lifestyle, and now we’re doing it with the upcoming move, I suppose.

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      You are trying all kinds of new things. I think you get the award…if there was one. :)

  7. February 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    This post reminded me so much of John Mayer’s Who Says. I really like the idea of trying and not hoping. It’s more active.

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      Trying is definitely more active. But it takes more courage.

  8. February 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Just wanted to drop a quick note and wish Rocky well! I do hope he feels better soon!!!!

    • kim
      February 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks! He’s at his surgery today, so he can use all the good thoughts he can get.

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