“Ring around the rosie
A pocket full of posies
We all fall down!”
– Kate Greenaway, 1881
Peter and Iona Opie, the leading authorities on nursery rhymes, suggest that the meaning of this timeless rhyme is tied to the Great Plague of 1665, in which millions “fell down.”
“We all fall down” is a testament to group think. When one falls, we all fall. It is human nature to do what those around us do. We want to get along. We want to fit in, even if it means “we all fall down.”
The Bible offers a better alternative. “Be not conformed to this world” (Romans 12:1). Stand on your own. When others fall, you need to rise. When others relapse, you need to recommit. When others go down, you need to stand up.
Recovery Step: No one can make you fall down. Except you. But you don’t have to do it.