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That's Going to Leave a Bruise

This picture is from a little adventure I had this summer.

I rapelled down the pictured 60-foot waterfall with my younger brother, at his behest, of course. Drama ensued. ‪And I was inspired to share my experience.

#‎ROCKlafamilia ‬‪#‎bruised‬ ‪#‎notbroken‬ ‪#‎justsore‬ ‪#‎conqueror‬

Quite honestly, I fell (please note the red arrow), not just because I'm my mother's daughter, but because I couldn't trust the process. I didn't believe that leaning back would prevent me from awesomely slamming my whole body into a wet, slate wall. Plus, it felt a little scary. So as I dangled hopelessly getting slapped in the face by a waterfall, I had a couple of epiphanies. One, GET OVER YOURSELF SO YOU CAN GET DOWN. Two, get it together so you can enjoy this adventure!

This is true in life--we are so afraid to fall that we lean away from what is uncomfortable only to fall anyway.

Many times we fall, we may get bruised, but we're not broken. We get up. Maybe with a little help from a guide, we find our way to the bottom of the waterfall. And if we're really lucky, we can find enjoyment in the experience. In the end, I did not fail, as I did successfully get back on solid ground (in one solid piece). And, I didn't make a mistake. Yes, you could assume that jumping into a harness and a helmet, marching up a wooded trail, letting myself down a 60 foot waterfall, and then slipping and smacking into a rock wall due to poor form would all constitute my making several mistakes. However, I simply made decisions with the information I had at that time. I prefer to think I learned quite a few things during this experience, the main thing being LEAN BACK.

What are you ready to let go of?

"What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?"

Robert H. Schuller

P.S. I nursed a 4x5 inch bruise for 2 weeks after this post!

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