Fall down seven times, get up eight

Day 10.

I’ve been mentioning a number of times in my posts about my failed attempts at sustained sobriety (meaning the rest of my life). I have the will and determination to make this happen, have books I’ve consumed (will share all those), plus found great advise and tips for a ‘one day at a time’ approach.

What is happening? How can I get through these failures and meet with success?

Which brings me to the lovely Japanese proverb

Fall down seven times, get up eight

The proverb reflects an important and shared ideal in the Japanese culture – the concept of resilience.

“Nana korobi ya oki”

(literally: seven falls, eight getting up)

No matter how many times you get knocked down, you get up again. Even if you should fall one thousand times, you just keep getting up and try again.

This ethic is reinforced in all facets of Japanese culture including education, business, sports, the martial arts the Zen arts, etc.

The Japanese say it is especially important to remember the sentiment expressed in this proverb when times are dark.

“There are no quick fixes in life and anything of real worth will necessarily take much struggle and perseverance. Success does not have to be fast—what’s more important is that one simply does their absolute best and remains persistent.” (Source of this inspirational explanation of the proverb is Presentation Zen)

I’ve picked myself up – and hope this is the eighth time – last time. 


Photo by Billy Pasco on Unsplash



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