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.
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
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.”
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.