Almost Didn't

Dated: September 21 2022

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I almost didn’t sow these zinnia seeds.

I thought for sure I had missed the window and there was no way they’d bloom before frost ultimately set in and destroyed them.

I’m so glad I just got them in the ground. The payoff has been incredible-so much color and beauty I almost kept from growing and sharing with the world.


We do that a lot don’t we? Cease to act because we hope to delay failure…or avoid it altogether.


In his book Atomic Habits, author James Clear says:

“Most of us are experts at avoiding criticism. It doesn’t feel good to fail or to be judged publicly, so we tend to avoid situations where that might happen. …you want to delay failure.”


I’m slowly challenging myself to make the choice that includes the possibility of failure, with the hope that the payoff will outweigh the rejection I might face along the way.


What seeds are you holding back? What’s that one thing you’ve always wanted to try, but you continuously talk yourself out of with lies that sound like “I missed the boat,” “I’m too old(or young),” “I might not be good at it,” “Everyone will know if I fail,” “I’ll finally pursue that dream when…”.


Don’t put off getting it in the ground, taking action, and just doing the thing.

Expect rejection, setbacks, and failure-these are not the marks of an unfit go-getter, but quite the opposite-they work hand in hand with wins, achievement, success. If no one’s ever told you that failure and growth are a packaged deal, here is your moment. You cannot have one without the other.


You’ve been given time and you get to choose how you will use it: will you continue to delay failure, setting that packet of seeds back on the shelf to wait another year or will you take action now and choose to bring color and beauty into your corner of the world?

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Allison Blackburn

As an enthusiastic resident of Tennessee’s oldest town, I am most at home while walking Main Street in downtown Jonesborough, tending to our backyard goats, chickens, and vegetable garden, or fr....

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