Monday, February 1, 2010

If You Fall, Rise Up

Little Amarachi staggered and fell down hitting her bum on the ground as she made efforts to run around the play ground like other infants. She was just 10 months old. Her mother was agitated thinking that she would cry. But Amarachi's attention was focused on the balloons that the other kids were playing with. She supported her self and tried to stand up again before Tyrone, 2 came to give her a helping hand. As soon as she stood up, she smiled, then suddenly turned to where we were, obviously attracted by our cheers. She flashed another smile and put her two palms together above her head. She clapped them. In the next instant she ran off to join the other kids. Her padded pants which gave her a bulging backside and her two short legs moved in short paces as if one foot did not touch the ground before the other moved. It was a spectacle to watch her tender legs. Amarachi fell down again. Moments later she was up. Like other kids, she never gave up.

In Glasgow, Paris, Manila, Enugu, Pretoria, Riyadh, Melbourne, Mexico and all over the world, infants display a remarkable resilience. Watch them take their first steps and you will understand that they are not afraid of falling. After they fall, they rise. Yes, they may cry, they may get scared but it never stops them from trying again when opportunity calls.

How beaten and battered are most of us by life's challenges that we run away from taking another try when we fall. There is a lesson for us today. When next you feel like giving up on your dreams after a setback, remember you were once a baby or go look for an infant with tender legs. Watch them try to walk, watch them succeed. Observe them fall and see them never give up on their quest even after they may have cried.

Nature has given us emotions that could make us cry, smile, silent or uptight. The same nature ensured that we all, were once babies-tender and prone to cry, cheerful and ready to smile, resilient and never willing to give up.

As you play your game of life; like a baby, use your emotions for your own good and learn to rise up after you fall.

AFTERS; Yours Sincerely adds a year on 1st of February. I thank God for another birthday. Many thanks for being out there.
Umuntu- A person
Ngumuntu-Is a Person
Ngabantum-Because of other people.
South African Proverb.

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