By: Kelsey Williams

“I have not failed. I’ve simply found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison

Resiliency is the ability to pick yourself up after being knocked down. Recently, I was discussing how practicing balance poses helps to increase your own personal resiliency.

Balancing requires you to walk right up to the edge of your comfort zone and sit there for five or more breaths, and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve walked right up to that edge just to fall over and have the floor meet my face.

The flip side was that falling brought me some humility and required me to reevaluate my pose thus pushing me to try a different method. Just like in life, when hard times arise, the best thing we can do is reevaluate the situation and try something else.

Picking ourselves up will never be easy, and there’s always an aspect of humility in it. However, if we begin to embrace the beauty of falling, we give ourselves more opportunities to grow.

My dad always said the tough times “built character” and I promise I wanted to eye roll and walk out of the room each time he tried that line on me. But now that I’ve reflected on what it means to build character, I think it’s so beautiful. As humans, we get the opportunity to fail and fall as many times as we’d like until we find what works.

So the next time your face meets the floor a little harder than you would have liked, remember the beauty of growth that comes with that fall.