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I Tried, Failed, and Learned

I tried something new over the weekend and failed. I attempted to record a canning tutorial showing everyone how to make cherry jam, but I accidentally used the wrong recipe. I ended up making freezer jam instead. It turned out pretty good, but my whole point was to make a canning tutorial.

The idea of making a video came from my friend, Misty, who said she’d like to learn the age-old art of canning. I’ve been thinking about it ever since she made the suggestion. I thought I was finally ready.

Part of the problem was the cherry crop itself. My fruit chose to ripen during a time when my husband needed to be taking care of some responsibilities instead of hanging out with me at home. He would have made a great cameraman, but the timing wasn’t right.

My main problem was my lack of technological savvy. I couldn’t figure out to how to make my phone resume recording my video once I paused it. Of course, I was in the middle of pitting cherries when I discovered my technical problem.

Even though I followed the wrong recipe, I still made jam and a series of videos that were good practice. From failure comes knowledge. I have learned much from this project, and I will do a much better job next time.

For now, I have some fresh jam in my freezer and plans to take a tub to work with me tomorrow. We’re having toast in the morning. I bought the bread today. If I can remember to take my jam and some butter, we’ll be all set.

It’s okay to try to new things and not succeed the first time. That’s how we learn. My failure is a stepping stone in my journey to achieving proficiency.

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