When a model purrs down the catwalk surrounded by the ‘beautiful people’ bathed in the light of a thousand flashbulbs, it appears as if she could do anything with posse and eloquence. But if she puts one foot wrong when wearing her stiletto heels disaster lurks. Her audience seeing the disaster take place in front of them will wait to see her reaction.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall ~ Confucius
Life can be described as the school of hard knocks with us having so many hardships and disappointments, so many ups, but alas so many downs. To fall so publicly will initially be such an emotional disaster, and first reactions would be to run away and hide.
One minute everything that can go right will, and in a single second everything can change. Life will knock you down. Life for many can seem to be like a rollercoaster ride. You can choose whether to get back up, or stay down. Life is erratic. You’ll face setbacks. Things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes life can really seem unfair. At the end of the day, it’s not what happens to you, but how you respond. One of the most important things you can do when you get knocked down, is get up again. This is how you build your spirit for whatever life may throw your way.
Well life may knock you down, but you always get up and come back fighting. We all have times in our life when we don’t feel like we have the energy to get back up. You may have to dig deep to find the energy, courage and strength to get yourself back up there, to keep fighting, to keep moving on.
It is the conduct of any man to struggle and fall; it is the conduct of great men to rise and soar. ~ Robert Marshall
Have you ever seen a small child learn how to walk? If you have, you know what a remarkable experience it is. I witnessed this the first time my first born Laura-Jayne took her first real steps when she was just under a year old. She took a step or two and then fell down, face first, on the carpet. She was ok. She looked up at me, and I could see that she wanted me to stand her back up on her two feet so that she could try again. I did, and this time when I let go she took about five real steps before falling down again. She didn’t let her failures, stop her. If she fell, she was straight up again.
It is amazing really knowing that everyone of you reading this blog experienced this in your own life. We all could do it then, just fall down and get back up. You went through this attempt to take your first steps . You’ve never stopped doing the same thing. You have experienced many ups and downs in your life so far. The question isn’t whether or not we’ll fall down, but whether we’ll be brave enough to get back up again. Too often, sadly, we fall down and then decide we can’t get back up. Boldness is about having the courage, willingness, and commitment to get back up when we fall down , even if we’re scared or don’t think we can.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett
By learning to see life’s challenges as opportunities, we take control over all the situations we face, helping us to be the ones who determine the outcomes. Our ability to understand our difficulties, learn from them and use them to our advantage, gives us the focus that will prevent anything from keeping us down for long.
It’s important for us to accept that we will fall down many times throughout our life. However, as long as each time we get back up, dust ourselves off, be honest about how we feel and what happened and not let it stop us from going for what we want, we tap into our true power, creating momentum moving us forward.
As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.” No matter how many times he fell down, each and very time he got back up, dusted down and tried again.
Here is the video clip that motivated today’s post seen at telegraph.co.uk
“When I’m not afraid to fail, I wont. When I’m not afraid to fall down, falling down won’t feel like failure. I have fallen down enough to get more comfortable with it, to know how productive it can be, how necessary it is to growth. Still, when I sense the ground beneath me giving way, I have to remind myself that it’s OK if I falter. I have to remind myself that it’s more than OK!” Jan Denise