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Fall on Face

Fall on Face

I have been to my niece’s wedding on the other side of Australia and have not written a post for a while. Today I vowed I would rectify this. As I pondered my topic the thought “falling on my face” came to me.  Why would I choose that topic? Simply because I did just that!!  Not figuratively but literally. That’s right dressed up and right after the wedding I fell head first.

I made a good job of it with cuts and bruises but fortunately no broken bones.  I was lucky enough to be in a place where there were paramedics who appeared almost instantly.

Given that since a young age I have been involved in personal development and I believe in taking responsibility for my actions –  I of course have to analyze why this happened. Why did I create this experience? What does it mean? (it can do your head in really). Fall on Face – why?

Online dictionaries describe falling on your face as “a blunder, error of judgement, fail miserably, fail completely, to be unsuccessful at a given task”.

I have many times in my life felt like I have fallen on my face but never have I literally done it before. Hmm fall on face!

This is me with my hubby at the wedding. Now see those shoes I can blame them if I play the blame game.

Fall on face

 

Fall on face

I am not going to put a photo of how I look now here but believe me it is not good!

I am very blessed to have not broken anything and the bruises are fading. Given I do a lot of video marketing my activities have been curbed this last week.

Now that I have explained my “why” for this post let’s talk about the figurative meaning of “falling on your face” or “falling flat on your face”.

The definitions above basically talk about failing or not doing well. If we feel like we fall on our face we feel like we have failed in some way (or some big way) and we feel embarrassed. We are mostly afraid of falling on our faces.

Clearly in the last week I have pondered the topic considerably. I have asked myself when in the past have I fallen on my face and did I dust myself off or did I become more cautious.

I believe most people do not really go for their goals or dreams because they are afraid they will fall on their face.  These words  fromNelson Mandella’s inaugural speech written by Marianne Williamson sums it up for me.

“…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most
frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

As my wounds heal I am having the thought that this is very symbolic and a message that falling on my face is not the end of the world. I can pick myself up, dust myself off and forge ahead again.

Fall on Face – Have you ever fallen on your face either  literally or figuratively? How did you move forward? Please leave me your comments below.

62 thoughts on “Fall on Face

  1. Oliver Tausend

    Hi Sue,

    good to read a post from you again and sorry to hear about that accident. Well, everybody knows that everything happens for a reason, but we might never be able to find the true reason – or even a bunch of reasons.

    A while ago I followed a discussion about the question why “even” spiritual leaders get cancer.

    There’s only one correct answer to this question: Because they got it. Everything else is speculation and does us more harm than good.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Be blessed

    Oliver
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    1. Sue Post author

      Hi Oliver
      Nice to have you back here. I am recovering well thankfully!
      Yes I agree with you that discussing why something happens is speculation. I think there is a balance between having our heads in the sand and not taking responsibility for things that happen to us and being over the top with analyzing. I find it impossible not to reflect. In this case I can now laugh at myself!

      I trust you and your family are well?

      Regards

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Andrew thanks for your comment and yes – Ouch! I will be more careful next time 🙂

      I debated about sharing it but I feel there are many people who hold themselves back in their businesses as they think they will “fall on their face”.

      Sue

  2. Louise Steiner

    Hi Sue, I was really glad to hear that your face is recovering well when we chatted earlier. Your post is very timely for me, reminding me that the worst that can happen is that I will fall flat on my face, but that I can always get up again. Trying to push through those glass ceilings is always a challenge and I will print those words out as a reminder next time I need them. Thank you for sharing.
    Louise
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    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for the comment Louise. It took me some courage to right this but I know there are so many people who hold themselves back in their business because they are afraid of falling on their face. Doing it literally really made me think about where I do hold back.
      I am glad you found it a reminder.

      I am looking forward to watching your success in your new venture.

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for the comment Sharon. I think for me it is a lifelong journey on learning not to self blame. I look forward to mastering it 🙂

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I do believe things happen for a reason. Sometimes it is difficult to see what it is though until later 🙂

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Eve. I hope there will not be a part 2 to this post as I do not plan on tripping over again 🙂

      Sue

  3. Marissa

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    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Elena. I appreciate it and I am fine now thanks.

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Hi Pete

      Thanks for your comment. I have always tried to look for the positives and learning in any situation.

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for commenting MaDhares. I hope you are on on top of the things that are bothering you.

      Take care

      Sue

  4. Blake

    Good to hear you are fine now. Such an impressive post, as always. I’d like to quote this wonderful stanza:

    “We are all meant to shine, as children do.
    We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
    It’s not just in some of us;
    it’s in everyone.”

    So inspiring. Hope to read more of this soon. Thanks!

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Blake. That is such an inspiring quote isn’t it?

      Take care

      Sue

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    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Victoria. I agree it is all about getting up and moving forward.

      Sue

  6. Adrienne

    Hey Sue,

    So sorry in this particular instance you literally did fall on your face. But figuratively speaking I can relate as you probably already know from my most recent post.

    I do prefer believing that we have to fall before we can reach that final destination. I mean I believe we appreciate the end result that much more because of it. At least I do. This way I can relate to what others are going through because I’ve done the same. I think it puts us on their level so that they too will know that they aren’t alone in this journey.

    Sometimes the ride isn’t that much fun but I have come to appreciate the experience more.

    Thanks for sharing this with us and hope you’re mending okay.

    ~Adrienne
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    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Adrienne

      When something happens in my life like this I always think about what it means figuratively. Too much personal development over the years maybe 🙂

      I too appreciate what I achieve more when I have stumbled along the way. I am really working on changing that for me though as I would like to reach my goals with “grace and ease”. My new motto.

      I am mended now thanks. It looked pretty bad though and there was no way I was getting on video! 🙂

      Sue

  7. S Powers

    Sue,
    Thanks for sharing this! I literally did fall on my face last week, and now need 3 root canals on my 3 front teeth. I have been stuck…BEYOND WORDS…not able to move forward in life. It feels like I have been paralyzed! Your words have really touched me and what I do fear is my ownself, the power and greatness that is within me. Literally falling like this has made me had to stop and really ask who am I? Where did the brilliant amazing person go that I know I am, and why have I been hidiing in darkness? Very humbling questions but the answers are profound! When one shares they can only hope they impact people, even if they only impact one person then the sharing is a blessing. I know you have touched me and I assure you many others…Thanks for being so honest. Taking back my life and putting it all back together!
    S

    1. Sue Post author

      Wow Sandra your comment really touched me. When I share something like this it is always with the hope that others or even one person will relate and gain by my experience. I have been saying I was lucky not to have broken my teeth but then I read your comment here and I am lucky! I also feel for you. That is terrible. However it sounds like you are gaining strength from your fall and that it has been profound for you.

      Take care an onward and upward.

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Pete. I do look for the positives in all situations. Sometimes it is difficult to see them but usually given time I do.

      Sue

    1. Sue Post author

      Hi Waterpearls

      Thanks for your comment and you have summarised my message perfectly. Thank you!

      Sue

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    1. Sue Post author

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  11. Julie

    Fortunately, you haven’t been injured, and that’s the most important! I remember when I fell of the bus last year. A huge crowd had been laughing at me but nobody came to help me up.
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    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Julie

      Yes I agree I was very fortunate to not have been injured. As time as past I have become more grateful for that!

      I am amazed that people laughed at you and did not help you when you fell of a bus. That is aweful! Were you okay?

      Sue

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    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I am sorry I do not know your name to call you by it.

      I have thought about writing an ebook many times 🙂 and I have also been a guest writer a couple of times. You can contact me at sue@sueprice.com to tell me more about your blog.

      Thanks

      Sue

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    I must say that all downfalls that you have encountered, There will be a good outcome on everything that you do. I must say that all downfalls that you have encountered, There will be a good outcome on everything that you do.
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    1. Sue Post author

      Mika I hope you are correct in that there will be a good outcome on all that I do. I think there usually is but it is not always easy to see it when it appears like things are going wrong.

      Thanks for dropping by again

      Sue