A little while ago I went over to the Catholic Church here in the barrio where Ale and I live. I thought I would be able to get some shots and a story about the relief effort for the folks who have lost nearly everything in the floods.
Instead, I had a great conversation with a guy that works there as security.
I got to the church grounds, made sure the camera was dialed in and started to look around. As I did, I stuck a cigarette in my mouth and reached for the lighter. Only one problem.
The lighter didn-t work. So I strolled over to this security guard and motioned that I wanted to borrow his lighter. He smiled, handed it to me and in English better than mine said, “Here you go.”
Surprised but smiling, I asked him where he had learned English so well. That question turned into a pleasant hour long conversation.
Somehow the conversation got around to trying to stop smoking. As we each lit up another smoke I realized something.
It’s impoosible to try to quit smoking. You either do it (quit) or you don’t. But you can’t try.
The first time you try something, you may not do it perfectly, but you didn’t try – you just did it.
Let me put it like this.
Can you ride a bicycle? If you can, think about to those very first few rides when you hopped on the bike, got the pedals half way around and fell over.
You didn’t try to ride the bike; you rode it. I’ll grant you that you didn’t ride it far, but distance wasn’t the goal. Just staying upright on it was.
Maybe you rode it 6 inches before you fell over, maybe you rode it three feet before you did a nose plant onto the sidewalk. Distance doesn’t matter.
You SUCCESSFULY rode the bike!
You had a choice though. You could’ve cried and bellyached saying, “I’m a klutz! I can’t ride a bike. I can learn this stupid thing”. If you had’ve taken that route, you never would have ridden again.
Instead, you picked yourself (or had someone pick you) up, got back on the bike and this time, you rode it, just a little farther before you started smelling the dirt rushing up at you.
The same is true with everything in life. Everything.
As long as we “try” we will never “do”.
What adventure in life are you missing out on because you’ve trying and not doing.
What passion in life has taken a backseat to everything else because you “tried” and didn’t do?
Your challenge for today? Throw the word “try” out of your vocabulary and just go DO.
According to The World Bank report of 1994, one time the great inventor, Thomas Edison was asked about all of the failures that he experienced while creating the light bulb. Edison looked at the questioner and said, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist. Currently living and working in Argentina he focuses on social justice issues. Known internationally for capturing events in a documentary style with an eye towards the aesthetic, his work has appeared in CNN, USAToday, Huffington Post and others. A nomad at heart, he is always looking for that next gig which will take him over the next hill or around the next curve. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or visit his website, JourneyAmerica.org or email him today.
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