Posted here with permission by Laurel Mountain Post
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
As I watched the coverage of Mandela’s mourners this month, I was positive that no other person in history had ever had such a send-off from this plane of existence. I knew I would have to write about one of his quotes this month and memorialize Mandela in my own way.
Mandela was a true pro at rising each time he fell, or that he got knocked down, or imprisoned. Most of us have been knocked down, held s easy to stay down and admit failure and remain in the stuck energy that seems so familiar. I would like you to consider that most of us have a very personal sort of prison.
A prison holds us back, keeps us trapped and without joy in life. Many people imprison themselves with alcohol, drugs, gambling or other self-abusive behaviors. Prisons take many forms and can be self-imposed. In honor to Mandela, examine your life and be honest about what your prison may be. Consider rising above the energy that may be holding you back from experiencing more love or more joy.
Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there a kindness you would benefit to share?? This is how we rise. Every time we fall. Loving acts help us rise. Every time, without a doubt, extending a loving vibration helps you rise.
Suggested reading: Mans Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl