By Samantha McKenzie

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”    Walt Whitman

When we fall, we should get back up. When we stumble, we should correct our steps and try it again. When it doesn’t work out, we must dig in until we get it right. This is a part of living. This is a part of you.

The truth is, we will fall more times than we can count. From the time we are tots, we have someone there, trying to catch us from falling. It’s normal to want to avoid pitfalls, to find the easier, to seek out the less costly route to a destination. But it’s the furthest thing from reality. We actually fall down pretty often – figuratively and literally. It usually happens unexpectedly and there’s hardly any time to brace ourselves. We waste time pretending it won’t ever happen to us, and when it does, we are often ill-prepared.

The real lesson is in the number of times we must get back up. What happens after we fall? After the shock, the dismay, the embarrassment?  How do we pick up the pieces? How do we recover from the self-inflicted shame?

Image result for woman falling down getting back upWe should share our getting back up stories. Try putting aside the idea that we are perfect. Instead, try telling about the lessons learned, the cost of starting over and the intrinsic value of giving your life another fighting chance.

I fell down and I got back up.

Got pushed down and got back up.

Got the rug swept from under my feet and I still got back up.

Got swindled and lost everything, but I crawled my way back up.

Was hard-headed and didn’t want to listen and got back up eventually.

Got skipped over for something I just knew was mine and got back up anyway.

Missed another opportunity, and got back up.

We all fall down and we must get back up.

Tell yourself to get back up. Get back up….

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