Falling Forward

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
— Viktor Frankl
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
— Viktor Frankl

Steps to take

Can't see the end

Too late to begin again

Must not stay

I used to be

Afraid to fall

Worried that I'll lose it all

Yet,

If I fall

I know that I'll

Fall forward. 

Bite the dust

Land face first

Learn something while in the dirt

to get up and keep going. 


II fell on my run the other day. 

My mind must have been somewhere else because this doesn't happen to me often. Just off to the side of the road on a dirt trail, just starting to get in a groove and hit my stride, then...WHAM. Skidding to a stop, scraped up palms and knees. I caught myself in the nick of time. A little stunned but mostly unphased, I started out again a little slower, mindful of my footing. It wasn't long before I was running at full tilt. 

Whether in running or in life, falls are going to happen, many can be far more intimidating than the little fall mentioned above. Challenges come, our expectations can be jilted, we get hurt. It happens. It's going to happen. We often do not choose the events that shape our lives. We don't choose trauma or challenges a la carte. 

We do get to choose how we respond. We do choose what to do with them. 

We can stay where we are because we've been hurt or because we're afraid we might be, or we can do our best to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and keep going. In the space between the event and our reaction, we can do our best to respond. 

I've spent more time than I would care to admit fearing the future or pondering the pain of the past. Instead of staying down in the analysis of paralysis or salting my wounds, being with all of the above can be part of my journey onwards. How can I find meaning and value in my story? How can the wounds I've experienced open me up to love others? How can I stay open, soft, in love and compassion in the midst of hurtful experiences and hurting people? These are questions that carry us forward, freely and authentically. 

If we can find a redemptive purpose to our pain, our fall can be a fall forward. It can mean something to us and to others. We'll have bumps, bruises and maybe even broken bones on our journey, but they can be injuries that are part of a great story we tell instead of reasons to give up.

If we fall, let's fall forward.

Chasing our dreams, opening up in love, courageous in the face of obstacles.

 


In the spirit of falling forward, check out my workshops coming up in just over a week! Aimed to ignite your own creativity, courage, inspiration to live your life to the fullest! Click the image below. I hope to see you with me next Saturday!!