“A fall into a ditch can make you wiser.”” – Chinese Proverb
A fall into a ditch is a little embarrassing. On a physical level however, pretty easy to recover from. Dust off, and carry on. A fall off a cliff however is… not so nice. Both are mistakes. But one is far more damaging than the other.
Rarely do we step off the cliff first. Before we approach that edge, chances are highly likely that we are going to fall into “ditches” several times along the way, acting as quiet, but real, warning signs. It becomes dangerous when these are ignored.
A cardinal rule of ours is to never waste our failures. These seemingly small mishaps are nature’s way of letting us know where to place our efforts, and where to learn from. But there’s a reason the quote above reads “can” make you wiser. It’s a choice to learn.