Although not funny to me, my children still laugh about me falling a few years ago while I was out running. They more or less laugh at the circumstance by which I fell not really that I hurt myself but nevertheless, I was devastated by this particular incident. The fall actually created an avalanche in my life - a sort of domino effect.
Falling created physical pain. The pain stifled my ability as well as my desire to walk. Not walking (running) caused anxiety, worry, doubt and fear. The anxiety, worry, doubt and fear led to a road of hopelessness. That road of hopelessness funneled into severe depression. Severe depression left me stuck and essentially incapable of caring for myself or my family, be it physical, mental, or emotionally, but especially financially.
That fall was the last thing I needed after struggling for several years to regain balance from losing EVERYTHING. However, today was a day of reflection but not just regarding how often I've fallen down over the course of my life, but about how I have been able to climb out of pits of despair. My faith in God and love constantly served as anchors over the course of my life.
Today a young man asked me, "Well, how did you recover after falling down?" and I told him that at the moment I decided not to focus on my circumstances, the false burden of hopelessness lifted from my shoulders allowing me to once again, soar.
If and/or when you too find yourself led astray by circumstances and situations, use the following quotes as a guide back to your wings which lead to peace, serenity, faith, triumph and a renewed hope:
"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer" (Denis Waitley)
"Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness" (Susan Gale)
"Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you" (Unknown)
"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose" (Lyndon B. Johnson)
"Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go but rather learning to start over" (Nicole Sobon)
"The strongest of all warriors are these two - Time and Patience" (Leo Tolstoy)
"Achievement is conquering even the coldest of nights by creating heat with constant movement" (Stacie J. Whitaker-Harris)
May the falls in your life become springs ever blossoming!