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Rise Each Time You Fall

Monday, January 27th, 2014


By D.H. Groberg

“Quit! Give Up! You’re beaten!”
They shout at me and plead,
“There’s just too much against you now,
this time you can’t succeed.”

And as I start to hang my head
In front of failure’s face,
My downward fall is broken by
The memory of a race.

And hope refills my weakened will
As I recall that scene;
For just the thought of that short race
Rejuvenates my being.

A children’s race-young boys-young men-
How I remember well,
Excitement, sure! But also fear;
It wasn’t hard to tell.

They all line up so full of hope
Each thought to win that race.
Or tie for first, or if not that,
At least take second place.

And fathers watched from off the side
Each cheering for his son.
And each boy hoped to show his dad
That he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they went
Young hearts and hopes afire.
To win and be the hero there
Was each young boy’s desire.

And one boy in particular
Whose dad was in the crowd
Was running near the lead and thought:
“My Dad will be so proud!”

But as they speeded down the field
Across a shallow dip,
The little boy who thought to win
Lost his step and slipped.

Trying hard to catch himself
His hands flew out to brace,
And mid the laughter of the crowd
He fell flat on his face.

So down he fell and with him hope
-He couldn’t win it now-
Embarrassed, sad, he only wished
To disappear somehow.

But as he fell his dad stood up
And showed his anxious face,
Which to the boy so clearly said,
“Get up and win the race.”

He quickly rose, no damage done,
-Behind a bit, that’s all-
And ran with all his mind and might
To make up for his fall.

So anxious to restore himself
-To catch up and to win-
His mind went faster than his legs:
He slipped and fell again!

He wished then he had quit before
With only one disgrace.
“I’m hopeless as a runner now;
I shouldn’t try to race.”

But in the laughing crowd he searched
And found his father’s face;
That steady look which said again:
“Get up and win the race!”

So up he jumped to try again
-Ten yards behind the last-
“If I’m to gain those yards,” he thought,
“I’ve got to move real fast.”

Exerting everything he had
He regained eight or ten,
But trying so hard to catch the lead
He slipped and fell again!
Defeat! He lied there silently
-A tear dropped from his eye-
“There’s no sense running anymore;
Three strikes: I’m out! Why try!”

The will to rise had disappeared;
All hope had fled away;
So far behind, so error prone;
A loser all the way.

“I’ve lost, so what’s the use,” he thought
“I’ll live with my disgrace.”
But then he thought about his dad
Who soon he’d have to face.

“Get up,” an echo sounded low.
“Get up and take your place;
You were not meant for failure here.
Get up and win the race.”

“With borrowed will get up,” it said,
“You haven’t lost at all.
For winning is not more than this:
To rise each time you fall.”

So up he rose to run once more,
And with a new commit
He resolved that win or lose
At least he wouldn’t quit.

So far behind the others now,
-The most he’d ever been-
Still he gave it all he had
And ran as though to win.

Three times he’d fallen, stumbling:
Three times he’d rose again;
Too far behind to hope to win
He still ran to the end.

They cheered the winning runner
As he crossed the line first place.
Head high, and proud, and happy;
No falling, no disgrace.

But when the fallen youngster
Crossed the line last place,
The crowd gave him the greater cheer,
For finishing the race.
And even though he came in last
With head bowed low, unproud,
You would have thought he won the race,
To listen to the crowd.

And to his Dad he sadly said,
“I didn’t do too well.”
“To me, you won,” his father said,
“You rose each time you fell.”


And when things seem dark and hard
And difficult to face,
The memory of that little boy
Helps me in my race.

For all of life is like that race,
With ups and downs and all.
And all you have to do to win,
Is rise each time you fall.

“Quit!” “Give up! You’re beaten!,”
They still shout in my face.
But another voice within me says:

Finding Your Perfect Life

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Are you seeking the perfect life? The perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect bank balance, the perfect children, perfect health… you may have one of these areas (or another not named) in your life that you wish is different than it is now and more aligned with what you perceive as “perfect”.

I have Amazing news for you! Your life is perfect exactly as it is. (Oh I know, that sounds so confrontational!) Agreed, it may not appear to be as you perceive perfect to look although you are on the path of getting there. Think of it as the “invisible mechanics” of your life working in the background to create perfection for you. You see, there are actions going on in your world right now that you aren’t even aware of that will influence outcomes in your life today, tomorrow and in the future. It’s important to watch for the signs of these miracles as they may show up as a mere glimpse. Be mindful of the little gifts that appear daily and acknowledge those highlights regardless how big or small they seem as the impact they have towards the greater perfect outcome may be massive times greater than what it looks like.

Have Faith and Trust that you are on exactly the right path you are meant to be on, you are learning all that you need to in order to receive all that you want. Your perfect life is a journey rather than a destination. Pay special attention to the miracles and they will show up in larger doses, feeding the invisible forces to produce your perfect life faster!

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Finding Your Perfect Support Community

Friday, October 18th, 2013

It can be challenging to manage the twists and turns life tosses in our path. To make it easier, surround yourself with others who can support you. This is often family and friends although it doesn’t have to be exclusive to them.

Most folks have 3 main groups of people in their circle of influence: colleagues from work; family and friends; and those they know through hobbies and recreational activities. The 3rd group has the most potential for immediate expansion and the people you add to this group will be able to support you in specific areas. No single person can support you in every area of life so those you meet in self-selected interest groups will provide an excellent exchange of wins and struggles specific to that subject matter, helping you learn from one another. With our online networks, we now have a massive reach to others with similar interests and they only need to be accessible by the world wide web!

As long as you immerse yourself within a community that you want to learn more about, you won’t have to rely on others within your circle of influence that don’t have the expertise you are looking for. You may even find someone through social media who you’d like to work with further or, to mentor you.

I’m so grateful for the amazing folks I’ve met recently in the TLC October Blogging Event, organized by Eve Koivula. I’m learning so much about blogging, about other bloggers’ areas of expertise and, about social media! Where do you go to build your support community?

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Little Known Ways to “Fake It Until You Become It”

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

This is a brilliant video about the language we speak with non-verbal communication.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

My favorite is the 2-minute “Wonder Woman” power pose. What’s yours?

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How to Attract More of What You Want in Only 5-Minutes

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Canadian Thanksgiving Day is rooted in history as a day to be thankful for abundant harvests. It’s common for Canadians to visit family and friends over the extended weekend and share a delicious feast of turkey, pumpkin and other irresistible flavors.

I thought if fitting to take a moment today and reflect on gratitude for all we have. This is personal to you. Your gratitude can reach out to people, places, things or events, anything that is meaningful to you today that you are thankful for.

The Law of Attraction gives us more of what we focus on. Being thankful for what we have right here, right now, without qualification, is the easiest and fastest way to receive more of what we want. Taking 5-minutes to focus on what you are thankful for is a great way to add a sprinkle of gratitude to your day and begin attracting more of what you appreciate in your life. When the 5-minutes is up, take a moment to reflect on the feeling you experienced while being grateful. How much better would each day be if you took only 5-minutes to be thankful?

If you have a smartphone, set the timer to 5-minutes and press “start” to indulge in all you are thankful for today.

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Wisdom Wednesday: What Ranks Highest Priority in Your Time Consumption?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Our days are booked solid with so many responsibilities and expectations that it’s challenging to set aside personal time for ourselves. How much time do you dedicate to yourself each and every day? Do you feel guilty about setting time aside for yourself? I have a tip for you. If you do nothing else in your day for yourself, in the very least, spend 5 minutes (to start), thinking only about your ideal life. Imagine what that perfect life would be like and why you want it to look like that. Go deep in your imagination and dig down to how you would feel during that ideal day. This exercise is a miracle creator. Do this without any expectation as that will only lead you to disappointment if you do not manifest what you are expecting immediately. Be consistent with your ideal life thoughts and trust that if you pursue this exercise, you will create what you focus on. Allow time for this and trust the process for miracles to occur.

What’s your biggest obstacle to taking time out for yourself? I’d like to hear from you in the comments below.

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Financial Abundance

Friday, October 4th, 2013

To end the week with something lighter, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite, inspiring videos. As much as there is a system and technique to work with that will help lead more customers to buy from you, there is another element to increasing abundance in your business and life: raise your vibrational energy to match the financial abundance you desire.

If you host any resistance whatsoever to leading more people to say “YES” to purchase your product or service, this will help you reach the next financial abundance level you are seeking which includes the increase of sales to your business. A daily dose of this video will help you maintain the right mindset, at the vibrational level that meets your own desires. It took me many years to truly comprehend the impact of the daily application of this principal. This video has made a difference. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Video from the Abraham-Hicks series:

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What Defines a Winner?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Winners…are not those who never fail but those who never quit!

How Do You Measure GREATNESS?

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Greatness is not measured by Money or Stature.  It is measured by Courage and Heart.

See the Best in Others

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

It’s amazing what people will do when you see the best in them, when you honor them, when you respect them.  It not only strengthens the relationship, but it will help that other person rise higher ~ Josh O.

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