Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Quotable

I heard this quote yesterday and loved it. I think, on occasion, we all fall into that ugly space where we are unfulfilled and begin to criticize others who are pursuing their own fulfillment. In those moments, I try to remind myself that someone else's success is not my failure. I dust myself off, stand in the present and plot a path forward. The reality is that if I am busy pursuing my own joy, fulfillment, and success, I don't have time to think about who could have done what better. I applaud them and use it as inspiration to get moving--or, perhaps more appropriately to "dare greatly" and walk "into the arena."

If you can't see the quote (as it fades into the clouds), it is below:

"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." --Theodore Roosevelt
* This week's photo was taken through the window of the plane on my way out of town last week. It was a cloudy day on the ground but the sun was shining brightly just above the clouds. I find myself taking this photo a lot. It is one of my favorite reminders that tough times aren't always as bad as they seem. 

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