Try Again and Don’t Give Up

Welcome to Day 14 of #write31days. Try is the prompt word for the Five Minute Friday Free Writes.


When my oldest daughter was a toddler we would often tell her, “Keep trying,” when she was having trouble doing something. She caught on and I’d hear her telling herself, “Keep twying. Keep twying,” in her cute toddler voice.


Try again


Sometimes all we need to help give us a boost is for someone to encourage us to keep trying.


It’s easy to want to give up when things are hard, but often we need to just push through. Sometimes taking a break helps. When I was at the lake, I would lie down on the bed with the blinds open. While resting I could look out at the lake and feel refreshed.




Going outside or even focusing on a different activity for awhile can often refresh us.


Then, when we come back to whatever we were doing it doesn’t seem so hard. I worked on this painting over several days, and then wrote a haiku based on Psalm 23:2. I love the final version.



When I write a poem it doesn’t always sound right at first. So I read and edit and try different things until I find the right words to convey my meaning. Sometimes it comes easily. Other times it takes a lot of work. Here’s a haiku of three stanzas I wrote on a warm summer’s day.




One more haiku for your enjoyment:



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12 thoughts on “Try Again and Don’t Give Up

  1. Aw, peaceful, refreshing, hopeful…those are a few things I feel now after reading your blog, poetry, haiku and viewing your photographs. Keep doing what you are doing, it is wonderful!

    1. Dear Nancy,
      Thank you so much for your very encouraging words! I’m so glad to have had a part in helping you to feel peaceful, refreshed and hopeful! Your words mean a lot. Many blessings to you!

  2. What an oasis of refreshment it is to drop by this restful site, read a beautiful trio of haiku, admire the scenic views, plus a gorgeous painting, and drink in your lovely words! Aahh… the weather here is mild and sunny and my heart feels equally serene and calm after being here. You really are firing on enhanced creative cylinders, Gayl. I can barely scratch out a single haiku each day. Kudos to you, friend! Blessings and love. xox 😊💜

    1. Dear Joy,
      I’m so glad you were refreshed here. You are such a great encouragement and cheerleader for me. I appreciate your words and your friendship. Thank you so much! Many blessing to you with hugs and much love, my dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  3. Dear Gayl,
    Thank you for sharing with us the rest that God brought to you through so many different ways! Your artwork is always so inspiring! I wasn’t able to join in with the GlueBook IG party this month, but hopefully next month! Hope you have a great weekend! Love and Hugs to you!

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Thank you for your encouragement! I’m glad my artwork inspired you. 🙂 I didn’t get to join the gluebook party either. I hope I can next month. We had a great weekend esp. the time we got to spend with Esther Emery and the Homesteading conference. Hope your weekend was great! Love and hugs right back to you! xoxo

  4. I’ve needed that gentle push to keep going. I actually needed the reminder today. Thank you for sharing via Literacy Musing Mondays.

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