How Do You View Yourself When You Fall?

How Do You View Yourself When You Fall?

Falling can be beautiful.
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Growing up in Colorado I was surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, the snow-frosted pine trees and the endless blue skies.

I moved to Seattle a month or two ago and found that I had never fully experienced fall. I found myself standing in the middle of my new campus and home in awe of the beauty before me. I had never seen so many colors and so many leaves falling at one time. It was like it was raining but it was calm and colorful and resulted in piles of leaves rather than puddles of water. I stood there speechless and realized something: There is beauty in the fall and there is beauty in the fall. No- I didn't repeat myself. Let me explain.

Yes, the fall season is beautiful but what does this tell us? What does this tell about the nature of our lives? It tells us that falling is OK and it shows us that change is beautiful. It shows us that there is beauty in when we fall.

Within our lives, we view falling as a sign of weakness, pain, discomfort, or even as a result of stupidity. We become embarrassed; embarrassed of what people may think as well as embarrassed and disappointed in ourselves. We work hard to remain within the boundaries of our comfort zones in order to escape these feelings. "A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there."- Unknown

Nature encourages us. If we are in tune with our environment we can see that nature can teach us things about ourselves and the way in which we should aim to live our lives. In my case, standing beneath the trees with my boots buried in the depth of the leaves, I found that I was being shown that it's OK to fall. Falling is even something that can be recognized as beautiful. To me what is more beautiful than watching the leaves fall and silently rest themselves upon the ground?

Don't get me wrong; trees are beautiful before the fall season arrives. They are strong and fill out with leaves but all the leaves remain attached to the branches and therefore live their lives above our heads. If we look at this in comparison to our lives we can see that without change and without taking chances we remain attached to the branches and live in an isolated place away from genuine relationship. When we adventure, take chances, make goals and even make mistakes, we break away from our branches and fall; fall and meet others where they are at rather than distance ourselves. When we learn that life is about growth and relationship we see that falling puts us in a place of influence; a place where we can influence our own future as well as entangle our lives with connections and relationships. When we fall we not only realize the ways in which we can grow, but we also encourage others to do the same.

I encourage you to change your perspective on how you view yourself when you fall. You are not weak, underserving, dumb, or unintelligent. You are human. When you fall you know that you are taking chances and growing. Be proud of yourself when you fall because you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and tried something new.

"A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there." -Unknown

Fall is beautiful.

Falling is beautiful.


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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.

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In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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