Paul Harvey said, “I hope someday I will become what the world deems successful so that someone will ask me the secret of it, and I shall reply, ‘I get up when I fall down.’”
Eddie Cantor, who lost every cent he had in the 1929 stock market crash, wrote a book called “Caught Short.” As fortunes were wiped out, people were committing suicide by the dozens. Some jumped from tall buildings, others shot their brains out, but Cantor wrote a joke book.
When life knocks you for a loop, remember these two men. Harvey reminds us the first step is getting up. Cantor, who looked and found he had more than one way to deal with his failure, gives us the second. Ask yourself, “What else can I do?”
Life for too many people is overwhelming because they insist upon carrying the weight of yesterday’s troubles, today’s problems and tomorrow’s decisions all at one time.
Yesterday’s troubles are over. Learn from them. Tomorrow’s decisions do not yet have to be made. Today’s problems should be your focus.
If it would help, brainstorm with people you trust. Someone else may think of something you haven’t.
And don’t overlook a lesson from the bumblebee.
According to the law of aerodynamics, and as may be readily demonstrated through laboratory tests and wind tunnel experiments, the bumblebee is unable to fly. This is because the size, weight and shape of its body, in relation to its total wingspread, make flying impossible. But the bumblebee, being ignorant of these profound truths, goes ahead and flies anyway ... and manages to make a little honey every day!
Has life knocked you down? Staying there is only one option.
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.