There’s always two sides to a coin – Some of us focus on the dark and others on the bright. Haruki Murakami said, “It takes years to build up, moments to destroy“. Indeed, nothing tests resilience like failure. When we have a setback, we can choose to DWELL on it, or DEAL with it; it could be an end or just a bend!!! I loved your 5word5 stories that brought out both of these elements. Truly, downfall is not permanent unless you choose to stay down!
“Remember, the higher they rise, the harder they fall”, they warned him. He was going too fast for his own good and the success was going straight to his head. He didn’t realise how deep in debt he was until one day, desperate to save his family from homelessness, he had to sell his company.
Seeing the highs of high, it was difficult to embrace the downfall Matt had seen. He blamed that one lapse of judgement, but deep down, he knew when he had crossed the line. The line was now a dot to him. He contemplated all this, on top edge of his tower, ready for another downfall.
What did Napoleon and Hitler have in common. The Russian winter. If you ask a gambler or a share market broker – what is the formula for success. He or She will tell you it is the ability to pull out when you have gained a little, else your greed will take you to your downfall.
Up or Down
Rise or Fall
Part of cyclicity of life.
My falling down is not my downfall.
It is just what I needed to rise higher.
Falling down is not a failure either.
In fact there is no such thing as a failure. We fail when we refuse to get up after the downfall.
Nancy felt her life was falling apart. The love of her life had left her. Everything she ventured into wasn’t working. “Are you ok my child?” a frail old woman asked her one day. She suddenly found hope in all the darkness that surrounded her. That was her light at the end of her downfall.
He had grown up believing he could conquer anything. Fearless, as he broke the glass ceiling. But broken glasses could pierce his heart. He realised that as he wept for the first time in front of his daughter. “Not this Christmas sweetheart,” he cajoled her, on bent knees. He hadn’t conquered his insolvency trial yet.
The last over of the match. It was a tie between Roger and Samuel. Roger was always the triumphant winner. Samuel was a promising player. It had been a nail biting match so far. This was more than championship tennis..it was war…The last ball would decide it all and there was Roger’s downfall! Samuel won!
This year has been our downfall in several ways – the health of our vulnerable, economic growth, fuel affordability, the already low standards of media coverage, futility in hero-worship of celebrities. As this year comes to a close, let’s hope that we rise as a phoenix from the ashes and cherish only what we value most.
Nimesh Balaji Shinde
Anorexia weighed her down and she became a pale shadow of a healthy, beautiful girl with a happy go lucky attitude.
It was too late by the time counselling helped. Forget winning she wasn’t fit to participate in the beauty pageant . But now she had set new, more fulfilling goals and was happy counselling others!!
Rise and fall are experienced by everyone in life sometime or other, in education, career, relationships, sports, competitions, etc. But one who is determined and mentally strong will face the consequences and rise again to succeed. Life doesn’t get better by itself. It gets better by change, acceptance and perseverance to rise from every downfall.
The whiskey was numbing the pain and agony but he needed something stronger. It had been a rough week. Loved ones had deserted him, the press had mauled him, the media had hung him, the world doubted him . He still couldn’t believe it, speaking the truth and being the whistleblower had led to his downfall.
If that was intense, the upcoming theme should lighten your mood!! 🙂