Friday, September 4, 2015

Falling Friday - A Question of Balance

Day four of the #Septemberchallange at the Everyday Gyaan blog, and one of her themes is "Let Our Choices Reflect our Hopes".  She quotes the late Nelson Mandala, who said "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."

One of the greatest fears seniors face is the fear of falling.  I've tried to be proactive by taking a falls prevention class this past May and June (I've fallen several times in the past four years) and, with the exercises I've blogged about from time to time, my balance is improving.  Hope has reentered my life, but only time will tell how much an improvement in my strength and balance I've made.

Today, I will allow another blogger to do the heavy lifting - or, shall I say, the heavy balance work?

I am linking today to a blog post called Artichokes, Red Rocks, and Risk.

I invite you to read it and ask yourself:  Would you have done what this man, who did something special to overcome his fears, did?

His experience was fascinating.

I'm not sure if I would have taken the risk of falling in what could have been a deadly situation for someone with balance issues.  I think it took a special kind of courage to face your fears in a most physical and dangerous way.  Even with my recent falls prevention training, I'm just not sure I would have taken the risk.

In your choices, do you choose hope and not fear?

I am planning some changes to my blog.  Would you like me to continue the Falling Friday feature in September?  If you would like to see future falling posts, let me know.


  1. I'm 52 and developed neuropathy in my feet due to chemo treatment for stage 4 cancer and falling is always a concern for me because so often my feet are numb. I reeally have to watch my steps and keep my paths cleared. A family friend, 78 yrs. old, recently decided that he could 4 wheel up a mountain trail, he ended up flipping the 4 wheeler and is now unresponsive.. :( I think as we all get older we need to think about peeling that S off of our chest and just sit back and smile at the cool stuff we used to do. It's enough..

  2. Hi - I'm not a big fan of looking fear in the face (I'd rather sidle around it and avoid it if possible) Glad you're feeling more balanced - I'm very much in favour of balance in all shapes and forms! ~ Leanne

  3. Normally, sadly, I choose fear.

    When I started college, I was a Musical Theatre major. I was also painfully introverted. (Danger Will Robinson!) At my end of year performance review, one of the professors wrote "should find something else to do. Does not have a future in theatre." WHAM!

    Ten years later, I'm back in college (I had dropped out) and saw an audition notice for "The Importance of Being Earnest". I thought to myself that I should go. Then I took a closer look and saw that the remaining audition slots were for that afternoon. Every excuse in the book came to mind. But then I thought, "Why not? If I fail miserably, I'm no worse off than I am now" I went. I pulled out and polished by best British accent. And I got a part.

  4. OMG, thank you so much for linking to my post about my husband!! Guess what? We're both from Rochester, NY. ;-)

  5. Please do continue Friday Falling posts. I'm no spring chicken, and my parents are much less steady on their feet than I like. So far, I haven't found any fall prevention classes in their town, but I'm going to keep asking - and it's because you blogged about those classes that I know to look!!

  6. I think I too often choose fear, but I'm working on choosing hope. It's a process, but I have high hopes.

  7. Alana, I'm not very good at facing my fears as far as physical challenges go. Emotionally, I'm much better at it.
    Like Carol's husband, I too suffer from vertigo and that's something I must face up to like he did.


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