I think there has been enough talk about Trump, The Donald, Racist Pyscho Disaster Man. All I shall say is “Americans, that guy? Seriously!?”
But the election lead me to look at past Presidents and remind myself of a special speech made by one of them. The 26th to be exact. Theodore Roosevelt. Not only did he name one of his children Kermit (thank you to Wikipedia for that fact) but he also said this…
“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 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
I have made no secret of the fact that I have lost my way a bit over the last year or so but this represents the strength that I would love to have and the strength I strive to inspire in others. Get on the horse. Make the mistakes. Be not good enough and try harder. That is what riding is all about, that is what life is all about. But do it – get into the arena!
I have decided to print the speech off and put it by my front door and read it every morning this week and see if it makes a difference. Perhaps you would like to join me?
What quote, speech, phrase is going to inspire you this week?