To the Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong many stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.   The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt  To The Man In The Arena

Action allows us the opportunity for us to show ourselves to our self.  All our challenges are an opportunity for growth and understanding.  As Winston Churchill said, “Kits rise against the wind, not with it.” Our adversaries ameliorate us, they help us to stand up, face the wind, and rise to the occasion.   May we all learn and grow and face and fears and find them soften and dissolve with love, grace, compassion, and gratitude.  Love disarms our nefarious counterparts, for as we shine our brilliance, darkness burns away, for there is no such thing as darkness, it is merely the absence of the light of which we were neglecting in a moment of forgetfulness.
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