My how fast things can change. A few days ago, I was out enjoying the first day of much-needed break away from my usual work schedule. While out shopping and sharing a few laughs with my mother and sister all seemed well, when my world can tumbling down. Actually it was me who came crashing down face forward on the hard concrete sidewalk. Suddenly I felt myself tilting over fast but had nothing and no one to stop my impending crash.
I hadn’t foreseen this incident and it was not a welcome event but nonetheless it happened. Minus a few scratches and little stiffness, I fared much better than I expected. But as I have replayed that incident in my mind since it happen, I have had many laughs at my expense and walked away with few life lessons from my epic fall.
The unexpected happens
No one sets out to fall or fail but things happen beyond your ability to forecast or control.
Failure (or falling) is not always optional but you have the power to choose what happens next
Of course I would have elected to bypass hitting that concrete but that day the concrete choose to suck me to it like a vacuum sucks up a sock. After any fall or failure, we do have two options: continue lying there or take the necessary steps to get back up.
Others are willing to help you
After hearing my wailing, my family quickly came to my rescue but a total stranger came to help me as well. I didn’t have to ask for aid. She just happened to be at the right place and the right time with the right attitude.
Much of my life has been spent trying to avoid failure but perhaps I have aimed at the wrong goal. There are things I have avoided because I can not foresee all that it entails and I’m afraid of landing flat on my face again. I realize that I know so little but having the stranger come to my aid reminded me that I don’t know the people God will strategically have placed at just the right places when I need them. At some point, we all experience failure but it doesn’t have to define who we are. Instead, we can grab the lessons from it and come out better and wiser people.
Successful people don’t fear failure but understand that it’s necessary to learn and grow from. – Robert Kivosaki