There is an opportunity every time we fall

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Why is it that when we accidentally fall down, the first instinct we have is to look around and see who saw us fall?

  • Is it because we want to assess the damage of how humiliated we should be?
  • Are we trying to figure out how mortified or embarrassed we should be that we could not stay balanced by seeing how many people are laughing at the goofiness of our meeting the ground unexpectedly?
  •  And, why is it that only after we assess the emotional damage, we can then try to determine the physical injury of your fall?

All these questions came into my head yesterday when I was eating breakfast and a 10-year old girl having breakfast with her family found herself on the floor. It happened really fast and I watched her chair flip and her body crash to the ground. She looked around mortified as her family’s first reaction was one of hysterical laughter. Not one of them asked her whether she was ok. They simply helped her up and discussed how the chair lost its balance. She looked at me. I was not laughing. Her cheeks went beet red as she sat there rubbing her elbows. The sound of laughter was probably still ringing in her ears.

What would you do today if no one laughed at you if you fell? Why do you care what other people see?

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2 responses

  1. What if we changed the paradigm? What if we embraced “falling” and “failing” as part of life and the chance to learn. Perhaps this young woman will invent an untippable chair. Perhaps every time that we fail, we have the opportunity to be renewed. We have the opportunity to say, where am I going and what do I want to accomplish? Like, REALLY! Perhaps “falling” is the hint that we need to look around and see the wonder of our existence. We can celebrate that 99.9% of our life, we feel like we are in control. (at least, those of us who are part of western society can feel this way.)

    Forget what other people see. What do YOU see? Where are you going? What do you have to contribute?

    • Linda, what a great way to put capture the potential opportunity of what this girl is capable of. And as you say, “what can we contribute?” Falling down is simply part of life. The key is to get up each time and not fear what others think. Thank you!

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