Optimism Thought of the Week
For Sunday, January 31, 2016
To Rise Once Again
By Glennel L. Hardy
Chief Creative Editor
As a child I fell off my bike several times before I eventually mastered the art of staying above ground. The first time I fell my leg was heavily scarred, and I never wanted to ride my bike again. When you fall for the first time it hurts, and we generally find it very difficult to rise up.
The next few times I continued to fall, but each time I had fallen, I begin to take a different lesson from it and begin to progress. I envisioned going very far and fast, and being able to make it from my house to the mailbox down the street. Once I had the vision that I was riding without falling, it gave me the courage to keep rising after each fall.
We constantly get scarred and each time we do, it hits us with a heavy blow, but its part of the growth process. Every one of us can get knocked down at any moment, but not everyone can find the strength to rise again. We have to see ourselves much bigger than the fall we experienced, we have to see ourselves rising up to the occasion.
If we don’t have the vision of rising, we will never realize the powerful lesson that the fall is attempting to teach us.