“Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.” ~ Anthony Robbins
"I screwed up."
"I can't believe I just did that."
"What was I thinking."
"How could I not see that coming?"
Or any other myriad of thoughts/words that might come out (aloud, or in our head) when things don't go quite as planned.
Has that ever happened to you? (of course it has…and for me, too)
How do you handle these moments?
Embarrassment? Did anyone else see that? Laugh it off? Make up excuses? Etc, etc, etc…
This past weekend, I was out mountain biking with my two sons. There is this state park just a few miles from our home, and it's a fun place to go and take on some of the trails…trails that are not overly complicated, yet still provide for a fun ride and a great opportunity to get outdoors. This is a new activity we have just discovered over the summer. And this was also the first time on the trails for my younger son.
As we were ascending the first hill, he happened to hit a rut. (hmmm…isn't life sometimes like that?)
He jumped right back up! And back on that bike – unfazed by this fall.
Kids. They really get it sometimes. There was no "jeez, I look like a fool", or "what's wrong with me", or any of the other thoughts that can cross our minds when we 'screw up'. It was simply something that happened.
…and then, back on that bike.
How about you? How about me?
When you fall – which you certainly have…which you certainly will… (when I fall – which I certainly have…which I certainly will…) …
What do we do?
Think about that.
"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 E. Frankl
YOU…choose your response.
What will it be?
In the grand scheme of things, our life here on earth truly is short. That does not mean it isn't meaningful, though (because it IS meaningful…for each and every one of us).
Listen to your heart.
Get back up.
Brush yourself off.
Reach for the stars!
And keep heading down that trail that is truly one of meaning for you…a journey that is so worth it!