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Humpty Upty*

November 17, 2019

*An oldie but goodie, that a reader recently brought to my attention, so I’m reposting it with some addition

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” – Mother Goose

Why couldn’t all the king’s horses and all the king’s men put Humpty back together again?

First, Humpty had to want to be put back together again.  Secondly, and most importantly, only Humpty could put himself back together again.

Everyone else could lend a supporting hand, an uplifting hand, be a cheerleading section, but it was all up to Humpty.  Humpty could continue to be a Dumpty, or he could choose to be an Upty!!

When we realize, believe, and continually remind ourselves that each of our lives have value, that we are here for a specific purpose and mission, then being an Upty becomes easier.

We all sometimes stumble, we all sometimes fall, and we all sometimes get knocked down.  What you do when that happens determines where you go and you determine the determining.

“Why do we fall- so we can learn to pick ourselves up.” –  from Batman Begins

“The righteous may fall seven times, but they always rise again.” – King Solomon Proverbs

If you were a boxer and got knocked to the mat, you might say to yourself (consciously or un) “if I stay down I can’t get hit again”.  That is the self-preservation instinct born of fear, protecting you from getting hurt again.  The odds of winning are zero if you choose to stay down.

The ultimate self-preservation instinct should be to get back up in order to fight for the life you want.  How much do you desire that life?  How hard are you willing to fight for it?

 “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

Know that you will fall or get knocked down again.  Accept that and understand that it’s part of preparing and learning.  The trick is to train, learn, and prepare yourself so that each time, you not only get back up, but you get back up quicker.

 Be Good Do Good Think Good


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynda permalink
    November 17, 2019 8:53 am

    Wow! I just said something about Humpty this week so are you reading my mind?!!!

  2. Jocko permalink
    November 17, 2019 8:22 am

    Thank you, Fred. I”ll happily wrestle with this today. Best,


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