A Motivational Snack: What Falling In The Parking Lot Taught Me

Have you ever fallen before? Not a little trip, but an ugly fall where you immediately look around to see if anyone witnessed it?

I have.

And I’d like to share it with you.

It all started as I walked out to my car yesterday. I was leaving work early for a day-trip to Tennessee. I had my work bag on one shoulder, my phone in one hand and my padfolio in the other. I was set to go and then it happened…

I fell.

For the first few seconds I sat there in shock. When I looked up, I saw a group of construction workers looking at me from afar. They, too, looked confused and I really couldn’t blame them. My mind started racing with questions- how did I fall, are they laughing at me, do I need more ankle support, is my business suit torn, am I bleeding? It wasn’t a pretty sight, but I remembered a very important lesson, which inspired today’s post…

It’s not about how many times you fall, it’s the getting up that matters

I got up. I dusted myself off. I picked up my belongings and I walked to my car with my head held high. Yes it was unfortunate that I fell. And sure it was incredibly embarrassing. But it was okay because we all fall sometimes. 

Maybe you haven’t fallen in a parking lot. But we all know what it’s like to fall in some way. It doesn’t have to be a physical fall, perhaps you’ve fallen behind in certain areas of your life? This lesson is still applicable. See, when I got up, I realized that I stripped that moment of its power to defeat me. In getting up, I released the shame, embarrassment, fear and sadness that sought to take over my mind. And I was able to go about my day with no thought given to the fall.

You can do the same thing…

Whatever you’re facing, whatever inspired your fall, just know that you can get up. You may feel swallowed up in a pool of embarrassment and shame, but it’s important to know that you are not alone. If you’re reading this, it means that you’re still alive, which means your existence has purpose. So what you fell, who hasn’t? The world still needs you. So get up, dust yourself off, pick up your strength, because it never left you, and walk forward with your head held high.

Everything is going to be okay.

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