The zombie apocalypse was over. But, deep in a secret military containment site, a problem had developed as the world was recovering. The sole zombie that had been kept for analysis and gotten out! Our team was working on how to get the containment cell back open, and it wasn’t easy with the zombie moving around in the room with us. The zombie’s touch would immobilize a person instantly. That person would be able to see, hear, talk, and use their hands, but they couldn’t move. We had been cautious not to let the zombie get too close. But, in our excitement at getting the cell open, one of our team had been touched! Said zombie was blocking the only way to get the zombie back into the cell. This zombie, being mischievous, wasn’t moving away from the solution and our “fallen” team member! It suddenly dawned on the team member that the worst had already happened. But that didn’t mean she couldn’t continue to help! No matter how many times the zombie touched her, it wouldn’t matter at this point! Realizing this, she completed the necessary task, and the final step to re-contain the zombie was achieved.
Frequently, we fail at something or have a setback, and it seems like we are “out of the game.” The initial impulse is to turn the task over to another who hasn’t made the same mistake or experienced the setback. However, each of us can continue to make contributions from our current circumstances. And, frequently, the mistakes we’ve made give us insights that can help others, or even help us ourselves, improve. Even if you can’t “get back up in the saddle,” there are valuable contributions you can make from the ground.