Bounce Not Break


From the time we first bang our toddler noggins into a piece of furniture we realize that the world can drop us on our head sometimes. We don’t know it at the time, but we’re learning the early and minor versions of “the world is not all sunshine & rainbows”. As we grow older the drops on our head get worse and worse.

We get made fun of for the first time.
We lose our first friend.
We experience love and love lost for the first time.
We comprehend the graveness of the news for the first time.
We experience the nearness of death for the first time.
The list goes on and on, and unfortunately it is part of the human experience for the rest of our lives. So what do we do with an ever-accruing well of heartaches and tragedies?

Do we retreat and do everything we can to avoid the drops the world has to offer?

Do we never allow ourselves to get close to someone so we never have to feel the pain of them hurting or leaving?

Do we never put ourselves out there in our jobs out of fear of being rejected or losing that job?

Do we continually take the safe road or path for fear of getting lost?

The world will drop us on our head no matter what we do to minimize or avoid it. Rather than run from it, we need to embrace it. Every roadblock & setback is a chance for us to grow and improve. In business they say you have to fail many times in order to find success. The same is true for our lives. We have to fail, we have to hurt, we have to grieve. We have to, because that’s the only way we can find success on the other side of pain.

When the world drops us for the 10th, 100th, and 1000th time, we can choose to bounce, not break. Not only that, but we can choose to bounce forward, using the experience to create an even better version of ourselves.

Published by Adam Griffin

Adam is an entrepreneur & writer. He is the former founder of Bodeefit, and is the author of Redwood: A Guide to Leading a Remarkable Life. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife and kids.

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