Mistakes: Results That Show The Truth Of Things

Chris Lombard

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The biggest fears are actually the biggest opportunities.

I have seen falls. I have seen blood. I have seen gashes and swelled joints and broken bones and I have seen death along with them. I have also seen the one thing that is worse.

Avoiding any chance of pain.

In the quest for safety so much is lost. It is no fun falling down, but it is a disaster to be kept from the possibility. Life comes with death, and acceptance of this leads to happiness. Life actually comes with many deaths during it. Beginnings and endings. Much changes as you experience those lives and deaths . But always there is that one constant that does not change.

You are safe.

You can take that chance. You can take that leap. You might get hurt but if you know your heart and follow it, whether with a small step or a giant one, you cannot fail. Whether successful or not, what awaits is the same. The mistake is thinking that surviving the leap is everything. Because just by taking the leap do you get all you came for. What you pay in courage is paid back in love.

Giant leaps cannot be taken all the time. True love and courage can sometimes mean taking a step back. True daring can be choosing another path. One way feels right and the other does not, and you take your best shot at coming from your heart. Whatever then happens is never wrong. Because nature is never wrong. Just like you are never wrong. Mistakes are really just results showing the truth of things. They show you where you are, and if you listen, they also show you what you need to do.

You are born into the journey of figuring things out as you go, until the day you die. Searching for your heart and tying your leaps of faith to it. With that comes injury. Sometimes you see the injury, sometimes you just feel it. Cuts show trying. Scars show healing. Loss shows love.

Whether you take that leap or not, the same thing is always there to catch you. Jump and you will be caught, land and you will be caught, fall and you will be caught. Do not jump and you are caught. So go forth and live by the heart. Sit in silence until love speaks and then advance toward that feel. Forward is freedom. Leave it all spent on the path. Feel life. Feel all of life. Feel all the fear in the world and take the tiniest steps forward, knowing you need fear as much as love.

Know that fear is love.

Chris Lombard is a horseman and writer who has dedicated his life to helping people and their horses connect with each other in profound ways. He has worked with over 2000 horses, and recently made his debut as an actor in 'Breaking Reins'. The above is an excerpt from his latest book, "The Horses in our Stars: a Story of Life, Love, and the Journey Within."

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the notion that mistakes are really results that show the truth of things? Can you share a personal experience of a time you were able to overcome the fear of pain and take the leap? What helps you know that fear is love?

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    On Aug 4, 2020 Susanne Bianchette wrote:
    This is so beautiful! What a timely message...

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    On Aug 3, 2020 deepti mirani wrote:
    I loved the lines - "Giant leaps cannot be taken all the time. True love and courage can sometimes mean taking a step back."

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    On Aug 1, 2020 David Doane wrote:
    I agree with some of Chris Lombard's statements, and disagree with many. I agree that it is a disaster to be kept from the possibility of falling down. However, you're not always safe -- you may die. You may succeed at taking the chance, and you can fail at accomplishing the goal. Surviving the leap may not be all a person came for. What you pay in courage is paid back in love -- I don't know what Mr. Lombard means -- what you pay in courage may come back in love and may not. Giant leaps can be taken all the time -- I think that's not smart or practical but it can be done. I certainly agree that true love and courage can mean taking a step back or choosing another path. He says whatever happens is never wrong -- I don't agree. Nature may never be wrong, but I've been wrong. I agree that mistakes show the truth of things. Cuts may show trying, and may show something else. Scars do show healing. Loss could show love, or show something else. No, you don't alway... [View Full Comment] I agree with some of Chris Lombard's statements, and disagree with many. I agree that it is a disaster to be kept from the possibility of falling down. However, you're not always safe -- you may die. You may succeed at taking the chance, and you can fail at accomplishing the goal. Surviving the leap may not be all a person came for. What you pay in courage is paid back in love -- I don't know what Mr. Lombard means -- what you pay in courage may come back in love and may not. Giant leaps can be taken all the time -- I think that's not smart or practical but it can be done. I certainly agree that true love and courage can mean taking a step back or choosing another path. He says whatever happens is never wrong -- I don't agree. Nature may never be wrong, but I've been wrong. I agree that mistakes show the truth of things. Cuts may show trying, and may show something else. Scars do show healing. Loss could show love, or show something else. No, you don't always know you will be caught -- if you do there's not much risk or much to fear. Forward may be freedom -- or sideways may be freedom. I do think freedom means forward (ie, growth). I don't agree that you need fear as much as love. I don't think that fear is the same as love. As for a personal experience, I overcame the fear of pain and took a leap when I made a major career change years ago. I went through agony making my decision and taking the leap, and very quickly realized that I made the right choice -- that leap worked out well.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Jul 31, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    Making mistakes is human. As a human being I have made many mistakes. According to my understanding there are two ways of relating to mistakes: I may criticize and get angry at myself for making mistakes. This way of relating to my mistakes will surely bring me down and stop me from learning from my mistakes. The other way is to learn from my mistakes, gain an insight from my mistakes and grow from my mistakes. I will not learn how to rise if I do not fall down. The falling down is an integral part of rising up. This is the way I learn the truth of things. I will never forget my first lesson of making a mistake. I was 12 years old. I saw children of my age bicycling to school.I was afraid of riding a bicycle. My elder brother had a bicycle. He wanted me to get rid of my fear of losing my balance and falling down.He invited me to ride his bicycle and asked me not to be afraid of falling down. He assured me that he would provide his help if I lost my balance. With fear in my heart, I to... [View Full Comment] Making mistakes is human. As a human being I have made many mistakes. According to my understanding there are two ways of relating to mistakes: I may criticize and get angry at myself for making mistakes. This way of relating to my mistakes will surely bring me down and stop me from learning from my mistakes. The other way is to learn from my mistakes, gain an insight from my mistakes and grow from my mistakes. I will not learn how to rise if I do not fall down. The falling down is an integral part of rising up. This is the way I learn the truth of things.

    I will never forget my first lesson of making a mistake. I was 12 years old. I saw
    children of my age bicycling to school.I was afraid of riding a bicycle. My elder brother had a bicycle. He wanted me to get rid of my fear of losing my balance and falling down.He invited me to ride his bicycle and asked me not to be afraid of falling down. He assured me that he would provide his help if I lost my balance. With fear in my heart, I took a leap. As I was riding, my brother let go of his support and let me ride the bice on my own. I aws not aware of my brother not supporting me. When I realized that I was on my own,the fear of riding by myself got hold of me and I fell down and got bruised.This was an important learning experiencefor me. It taught me to relate to challenges in life with an open mind and an open heart and not to be afraid of making mistakes. It is facing fear fearlessly. This is the way I relate to Christ Lombard's title of the article: Mistakes: Results That Show The Truth Of Things.

    I followthree basic steps for learning a new idea or for cultivating a new skill:1. Keeping my mind open by listening to the people who really and deeply know, the wise teachers. 2. Ask questions for clarification or elaboration. This is crucialstep for learning. 3. Meditate. Take time to observe silence to realize the truth. And then applyit for relating to challengesI face in my life. This open ended Mindfulness Meditative practice has been my way of embracing fear that opens the door for loving life.

    Namaste!

    Jagdish P Dave'


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