When You Fall

Fall
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Yoruba adage: “Ti Omode ba subu, a wo iwaju; ti agba ba subu, a wo eyin”

Literal translation: When a child trips, s/he looks forward / continues onward; when an adult falls, s/he glances backwards.

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To fall is to live,

To live is to fall, sometimes.

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Little Lagbaja falls, he fastens his hands on the turf

Heaving his slight frame upwards

The fall fast forgotten as he sets his face on the journey ahead.

When big Tamedun falls, she painfully looks back

Searching for what caused the fall.

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To look forward is to yearn to rise, swiftly so.

Progress. Determination. Resolutions.

To look backwards is to yearn to rise, too, but not before looking the impediments squarely in the face,

And ensuring the next impediment doesn’t snare or overwhelm, like this

Critical analysis. Considerations. Evaluations.

Which one then is superior?

Which one is required more on this journey of life?

Both, I think.

Looking back is to learn from impediments and how to avoid such (in the still-new year).

Getting your fill of ‘it’ from every angle, registering the forms and figures and shapes.

And then,

Doing away with it and facing the journey which was temporarily stalled.

Pushing up on both hands and moving.

Against all odds.

Rising and making meaningful progress.

Cessation of  regrets and dwelling on the past.

For,

To dwell too much on the past is to risk losing touch with the present

Or worse still, losing view of the future.

Let’s rise, together even as we have learned from our mistakes or near-mistakes.

This still-new year.

 

PS: This is one of those ‘formless’ posts.

PPS: I just wanted to write..

 

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