We all fall down at some point in our lives. Whether we fall down on the way to the kitchen or we have a mental breakdown; we all fall. It hurts. It can hurt so badly that we actually lay down in pain for a while. We can be so hurt that we can’t eat, sleep, or even hold a decent conversation with our loved ones, but we almost always have the choice of getting back up. When you are down you can only move forward by getting back up, and that is the first step we can take to becoming better versions of ourselves.
Getting up can be such a daunting task when we’ve fallen badly. The mere thought of expending anymore energy can be draining in itself. If we need help then we need to call and ask for help. Sometimes it’s just that hard to get up on your own. If we need help getting up then we should always ask for it without hesitating. There is no shame in calling for help when you truly need it.
So now that we’ve gotten up what comes next? We’ve accomplished one small goal and we can be proud of ourselves, but it’s not over yet. We are now faced with a decision between two directions. We can choose to go backwards. We can go back to what we know and what we find comforting. It’s so easy to just go back to where we were and do what we’ve known for our whole lives, but in doing so we sabotage ourselves. How so? Einstein said once that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again whilst expecting a different result. If we go backwards and continue doing what caused us to fall, we will fall again, and it won’t get any easier. That’s insane.
Our second option is to move forward into the unknown. There are many obstacles on the path forward, and there are even new problems to deal with. We will most definitely fall again on the way forward, but I can promise we will fall a lot less with a lot less pain. The reasoning behind this is due to the fact that in moving forward and experiencing new things, changing the way we think and challenging ourselves teaches us new skills. This knowledge assists us on spotting how we fell the last time and help us overcome the obstacle on our path towards spiritual growth.
So the next time that we fall down let us give thanks. Let’s be thankful for the fact that we fell. Let us recognise this fall as opportunity to learn about ourselves. Let’s be thankful for what this fall reminds us of. That we are human.