Failure is not falling down …
There is an old Chinese proverb I had seen written down about failure, that other “F” word. It goes something like this~ Failure is not falling down but refusing to get back up.
I know there are many similar proverbs such as getting thrown off a horse and then getting back up in the saddle to prove you can keep going. Perhaps the most famous is Dory and her song about “just keep swimming”.
We all need to be reminded of these sayings as they do seem to point the way for us to just keep on keeping on. I know last week I had written my blog post # 17 and then nothing after that. I let myself get tangled up in what was going on at the time. Then I could not get myself out of it. As a result,I let my writing lapse for almost a week.
Sometimes when we fall down on some commitment or goal or task that we set for ourselves, we usually or I usually heave a big sigh. This to me feels like I failed. I made a commitment to the 30 Day Blog Challenge and I did not write for 5 days. But the reality is I failed my self only. I fell down and now I am getting back and refusing to let my self lie there.
One thing struck me as I was looking for a graphic for this post. I came across the one I chose above and then I had an insight. The image was not particularly one of a person falling down or getting back up. This is an image of a woman there on the ground. It struck me how sometimes falling down and just being there for a bit can give you a new perspective. Maybe what you need to do is to just be in that space and rest. This can give you the space you need to figure out your next move upon getting up. What you need to do so you don’t fall again in quite the same way. Not repeating the same situation that “felled you” in the first place.
Where have you experienced this recently?
Namely. falling down on your self and making a point of getting back up and moving on?