free falling

Today the sky is falling in Berlin and as I watch countless snowflakes occupy the heavens I find myself returning to one of last week’s reflections at the hand of this Michelangelo quote: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

I came across the street art below while taking a walk in Volkspark Friedrichshain with a friend on Sunday and the question it poses (And what if I fall, who will catch me then?) has been running through my mind ever since. In my case the question is not so much one of if I fall but rather when I fall… I am comforted by the fact that Confucius probably had a similar experience, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

I have tripped over my own imperfections more times than I can remember and if it had been up to me I probably would have remained face down, wallowing in my own failure. In these moments the (sometimes brutal) honesty of others has been instrumental in getting me off the ground and back on track.

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