Friday, September 14, 2012

Who Counts When All's Said and Done

Tom and I are practically out the door so to attend yard sales this morning, but I have just enough time to steal this from Quiet Life blog:

The Man in the Arena
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
... Teddy Roosevelt, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910
Wow! So true.
I get quite tired of online critics who sit at their computers, never trying anything brave, so not making many mistakes, then acting as though their nearly-mistake-free days mean they're living perfectly.
(Insert me thumbing my nose at them here.)
Er hem.... stepping down from my soapbox and stepping out the door for a lovely morning with my husband.
Have a gorgeous Friday!



barbara said...

Amen! I am going to plagiarize and use this quote in my good bye email to my management. I have decided to step out in faith and today is my last day of work. 21 years, can't do it anymore time for a change, going to serve the Lord full time. Thank you Debra your blogs are always so wonderful!


Anonymous said...

Debra, I am glad you took the extra minutes from your day with Tom to put this on your blog. Talk about brave! Barbara IS brave!! Well done!! Sarah

Debra said...

Barbara and Sarah--thank-you so much for your encouraging comments! And Barbara--I wish you the very best in your new adventures--wow! Blessings, Debra