Falling Forward

Falling Forward


You’ve probably had that moment in your life when you made a mistake, and felt like the whole world is crashing on you. Maybe you said hurtful words, or did something irresponsible causing you to feel like you want to turn things around. But you’re fearful that there’s no way for you to be redeemed. That the mistake you made will forever be etched in history and there’s no way for the relationships to be restored or dreams to be fulfilled. I felt that way a year ago, but if it weren’t for the amazing encouragement made by the people around me, I would never have had changed my view about failures.

These were her kind words:

Falling Forward means looking at life’s setbacks and learning from your mistakes. If you haven’t failed at anything it means you haven’t really taken a risk from anything. Failures are only as bad as you perceive them to be. Life is much better when you live, and try, and fail. Living requires falling every now and then.

Failure is unavoidable
You will learn lessons from each mistake. A lesson is repeated until it is learned, and if you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder. Pain is one way the universe gets your attention. You know you’ve learned your lesson when your actions change.

Failure is not an event
Success is not a destination. It is a journey. Failure and success works the same way.

Give yourself permission to fail as well as to succeed.

Failure is not irreversible

Spill the milk as much as you can, but don’t lose the cow.


I credit this post to Mercy – one of my lovely friends who is very dear to me like a sister. Although I’m not certain whether she got this from a book, a song, or an organization. But wherever she got the inspiration from I am thankful that she taught me how to Fall Forward.


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