The Choice to Try

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GretchenAs I turned the page, my eye caught the picture of a tea bag. I read, “you are as strong as a tea bag in hot water.”

“Yes,” I thought out loud in my mind, “you don’t know how strong you can be until you find yourself in hot water.”

If anyone had looked into my future years ago and told me the things I have done and the things I am doing, I surely would have said, “You’ve got the wrong girl! No thanks, not me! I could NEVER do that!”

Yet I found myself not just standing in hot water but steeping in the largest cup of tea you could imagine up to my knees.

Maybe it’s something like this…

When you find yourself at the deepest depths of your soul and you think you have no choice, ask yourself again, ”Is there anything I can do?”

When I asked myself that question, the answer I got was, “All you can do is try. Try anything!” I had a choice to make. Doing nothing would bring nothing. There was nothing more to lose. When faced with the hardships of life, we all have a choice.

Have you ever found yourself staring into your own face and wondering, “Do I have a choice?”

I was there when the doctors told me all of the things Joe would NEVER be able to do. My choice was to try something, anything, each day – OR – not, to do nothing.

So I tried. Each day I woke up, I did the things I absolutely had to get done. Then, I said, “Okay, now its time to try SOMETHING. ANYTHING. But TRY YOU MUST.”

I think it was as hard for me as it was for Joe. Some people told me that I needed to accept what the doctors said. I needed to stop and realize that there were things in life I could not change! Accept it, they said.

But I could not. And would not. And as hard as it was to try, it was harder not trying. “At least,” I thought, “at the end of the day, I can say I tried something.”

I did not give up. Some days were excruciating. But even the littlest change or the smallest gain was huge to me, and it was those tiny gains that kept me going.

Yes, I believe there are things in life we can’t change, things out of our control. But I believe that if I had given in and given up, I would not be standing on dry ground today, and I would never have had any sense of peace.

When I had the idea for Island Dolphin Care, I thought to myself, “Here is another choice. You can try. Maybe fail. But if you don’t try, you will never be at peace wondering ‘what if’…”

People said it was “impossible” to do. They suggested I should get a “real” job!

I had learned by then that I am persistent and that I had to try.

So I tried. I began with a $500 donation. Then I took a loan for $5,000 using my truck with 200,000 miles on it as collateral. Then things took off from there.

Look where IDC is today! A JOY factory! Bringing splashes and giggles to anyone that walks through the door!

What an incredible journey this has been. Thinking back to the beginning. It all began by feeling like my world was collapsing, when life was so hard.

Hmmm. Making the Choice. A CHOICE.

Do you dream about doing something? And do you ever feel like you can’t – that you don’t have a choice? Ask yourself, “What if I…” then try!

It can never happen unless you TRY.

I’m still dreaming of the day when Island Dolphin Care will have the endowment funds to provide programs, scholarships and the funds necessary to care for our dolphins’ needs in perpetuity.

I’m trying every day.

I choose possibility. What will you choose? What will you try?

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