You’re not holding your mouth right

It’s funny how things hit you sometimes.  It might be something that you were told a few minutes ago.  It could be something that happened years ago.  It’s something that just pops up out of the blue and everything about it just clicks.  All of a sudden you understand.My grandfather had many things that he liked to say, but this one line has always stuck with me.

“You’re not holding your mouth right.”

It was something that he would say when someone was doing something and it didn’t work the way that they wanted or expected.  It might have been early during a fishing trip and nobody was catching anything.  It really could have been about anything.  Maybe someone trying to turn on the crock pot when the outlet wasn’t working…

As a growing child it didn’t make much sense.  What did my mouth have to do with anything?  The other day I realized that it had absolutely nothing and everything to do with it.

He was always telling us to try again.  If it didn’t work the first time, the first way, then try again.  If it still didn’t work, then try it a different way.  Try in a different spot.  Don’t give up.  Work a little harder (you know how your face screws up a little when you put more effort into something).

It all makes sense now.  It’s just a shame that it took me twenty-plus years to realize it.

So, if you’re trying to make something work, just remember that you’re not holding your mouth right.  Change things up and get back to it.  Try again.  Never, ever give up.  It doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t keep trying to do the same thing if it’s not working.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” – Unknown

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