But, think about it for a minute… would it really be a good thing? If we didn’t fall, how would we learn?
Yesterday, while riding my bike a series of follies occurred and I found myself lying on the pavement with multiple scrapes and bruises.
Seeing that I was on busy road, I found myself trying to hold back tears mostly because of my bruised pride was hurt even more than my skinned knee, ankle and shoulder.
Now, I will say in that moment I wish I were a Weeble.
You see, falling off a bike at 44 years old tends to hurt a lot worse the next day… OUCH!! Everything hurts!!!
For all the scrapes I incurred yesterday, I was able to clean with peroxide, dab a little Neosporin, cover with a band aid, and go about my day.
If it were only that easy for the times when we metaphorically fall. These times in life are where we sustain internal injuries such as broken hearts, bruised egos, and beat up pride. In these moments we are often left feeling hopeless, and defeated. Emotions such as anger, sadness, and failure begin to cloud our minds which allow our wounds to become infected and fester.
Since we are not “Weebles” who just “wobble”, what can we do to make falling less painful?
Know you are not alone…everyone falls!
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
Falling does not mean failing…it is when we do not get up, we fail!
Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps. Never Quit!
Visualize what happened to figure out where you went wrong, then correct it!
“I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
Sometimes dusting yourself off and walking away, or taking another route, is the best way to secure your footing as you continue your journey.
“Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” – Fred Astaire
Life is not fair…we go to battle and sometimes we still lose. You have a choice in how you respond.
“I lost my legs, but I have my head, my brain. I can do everything I did before mentally.” – Brian Kolfage