Yesterday I heard the old phrase, “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.” Good advice? Well it depends on the speed with which you pick yourself up. Boxers who are knocked out often revive after the count and immediately want to get up. They’re stopped from doing so. Getting up too quickly is dangerous.
I wonder if picking ourselves up too quickly, without really reflecting on and understanding what knocked us down in the first place, puts us in danger of being knocked down again by the same thing.
A delightful saying by Max Eastman says it all: “I don’t know why it is that we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest awhile.” True for whatever shape or form our fall may take.