Monday, May 10, 2010

I'll try

I said this yesterday, "If nothing else, I try".
I said this as I was baking a pie for the Girls on the Run bake sale.
It's true. I might not do everything right, but I try as hard as I can. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. but i think that it how it is supposed to be.

The thought in the forefront of my mind is always:

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."
— Walt Whitman

This saying reminds me, that no matter what, you have to try to make a difference. I want to teach my children this. If not by reading, but by example. (they can always read it later!)

Then today, as I was picking up my soaking wet, been in the downpour at the bake sale, still had to go to dance, daughter; I asked her if she was going to make it. Her answer:

"I'll try."

And by golly, she tried her hardest, knowing that now makes a difference during recital rehearsals, and made it through. At the end of dance class, the older girls came into our studio to perform for us and the song you are hearing is what they were dancing to.

How appropriate. Even more so is this song is from Return From Neverland. What fantastic dreams Peter Pan has already given to us, and how we can only dream of keeping a young heart forever.

Just imagine what Walt Whitman and Peter Pan could have come up with had they ever met!

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Leslie said...

Beautiful quote and inspiring thoughts!

affectioknit said...

I love that sentiment - we love both 'I'll try' and 'Do your best'... we figure if you've tried and done your best - then that's all you can do...