Try Again


I have worked with children for most of my adult life and they have made me laugh, made me cry and inspired me. One little girl taught me a lesson about persistence and determination.

She sat on the rug with the rest of her fifth grade class. The teacher was finishing up a math lesson when I arrived to substitute for the woman who usually helped her. I had known this little girl since her first day of kindergarten. Every time I saw her she was either in her wheelchair or using her walker. I was surprised to see her sitting on the rug with the rest of the kids.

 As the class was dismissed from the rug to work independently at their tables I asked her, “What can I do to help you?” She asked me to get her walker and hold it steady while she pulled herself up to a standing position. I held the walker steady and she began to climb up the rungs. Just as she reached the top she lost her grip and collapsed onto the floor.

“Are you OK?”, I asked.

“Yes, I’m fine,” she answered.

“What do you do now?”

She smiled at me and said, “Now I try again.”

Whenever I feel like giving up on something that is too hard, too tedious or too annoying   I remember my little friend and tell myself, “Now I try again.”

Life with ADHD is often challenging. We aren’t always successful the first time we try something new or try to accomplish a goal, finish a project or get rid of our clutter but if we persist we make progress.

You never know what you can do until you try, and then try again.

Kathy Sussell is an ADHD coach in Brooklyn, NY. She helps teens, college students and adults with ADHD with time management, planning and prioritizing, getting started with and finishing tasks, organizing paper and objects and improving social skills. She is the organizer of the ADHD Women’s Meetup Group that meets every month in downtown Brooklyn. For more information visit her website: or email Kathy at

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