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Monday, April 21, 2008

Awaken Your Day - April 22, 2008

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
- Japanese Proverb

Once again we find some wisdom that is received differently between the times we just hear it in passing, and when we are falling.

I have had a pretty good run.
I hadn't done any self inflicted damage to my car in quite some time.
Until last Saturday.

For sure it could have been a "fall" that would be hard to get up from.
Surprise snowfall, slippery roads, and a very unexpected slide all led to The Big Bang theory between my front tire and an unforgiving curb. The theory, by the way is Loud Crunching Bang= Money Out of Wallet.

Now this could really ruin a day ( or few )...or you can roll with it. So here is how I roll.

I discovered that the tire was not flat, so i drove home with my rim in a real bad state. The wheel didn't do any flip flops like my ten speed tire that was shaped like a half moon that time I was showing off for the girls and did a lip stand. Nope, it was still rolling. You could say that helped a guy stand up.

My mechanic is not in on the weekend, so we must roll on. I did not want to buy a brand new rim, as my mechanic can get me one used... so we have to wait but we roll on.

Monday comes, we drop off the tire, he can help us....and his price is much better than dealer.
So, that is good. Unfortunately, we miss a day of work. But we get the tire later, and once again not as much as we expected - that is something to be happy about. My mechanic is a good friend, and he treats his customers well.

Now thru all of this there was opportunity to take "falls" and turn them into much much more. The reality however is that it happened. I hit the curb. I did not do anything reckless, but none the less, the curb does not move; car parts do. But, I stayed calm. Made a call. Got some help. Paid some money. It could have been much, much worse.

My long winded point, is that we encounter many "falls" thru our days. Some totally unexpected, and some we can look back and see how they were coming. It is not how you fall or why, it is how you get up and that first step forward after you do.

Brush it off...catch your breath...and on we roll.

Oh, I put the tire back on. Looks nice. But... something is bent. We drop it off tomorrow for an alignment and an investigation into that nasty metal sound. Big Bang Theory. Please be careful of falling objects.

One more time, I feel my hands flat on the ground, as my leg comes up and I plant a foot, and I push myself up to my feet. Sometimes, things happen. Anger will not change any of it.

You may fall today, but then, you WILL get up.

Good morning.

Pierre Couturier – April 22, 2008
Author – “All She Is…”
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1 comment:

Cheryl Tardif said...

Thanks, Pierre. I needed this.

I've been doing a lot of "falling" in the past month or so. You could say I'm almost an expert "faller". And there have been times I've felt like just staying down there; it takes far more effort to get back up.

But then my stubborn nature kicks in. (Thank God for being stubborn!) And I HAVE to get back up.

The past 6 months, I've been working very hard and diligently at finding a literary agent. I've now sent off about 70 queries. And it seems that every time I think I'm inching my way close or when I find an agent that I think looks perfect for me, BAM! Down I go again.

Like the Japanese proverb, I just have to get back up. And start again. Until I find the literary agent that IS perfect for me, at that moment, for that project.

I just need a little reminder now and then, or a poke, or a hand up, something that tells me to get up and carry on. And your post was it! So thank you for that.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
bestselling author of Whale Song