The (Wo)Man Who Dares


Daring Greatly

This is a post that I have actually journaled back in August 2011. I was apparently going through a rough time and Hubbyloo was being his ol’ supportive self. I figured one soul out there in this big world may need to hear these words, too, so why not share?

Lest a potential depression, which is oh! so natural to his spoiled and highly impatient Horga in need of something hard to come by, my husband sent me this quote:

“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.”

Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,”

Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Although it did not last long, these words helped me (for a mere minute…) to see things differently. For those of you whose lack of ADD allows you to stay focused for more than 5 minutes, Roosevelt’s wisdom may take you places…


35 comments on “The (Wo)Man Who Dares

    • It did, Lauren! Thanks so much. I’ll be back on the list in a few months when I implement the bigger changes. You are doing a great job with the group! Grateful to be part of it.

  1. Ugh. This speaks to me on so many levels. My family lost our mother this year to brain cancer, and then I lost my job of 5 years, and was humiliated as I was leaving (they escorted me out the building like a criminal that I wasn’t) and then more and more. It has been a year of salt in the wounds. This quote is getting printed and posted where I can look at it often. Thank you!

    • Oh, man, LanaLou. You’ve been through a lot. I am sorry to hear about your mother, may she rest in peace. I hope things will get back to normal for you, and I am so happy that a bunch of words that I wasn’t even sure I should post have actually inspired you and gave you some strength. Big hug!

  2. That is such an awesome quote! I’m someone who tends towards what I already know and shies away from trying something new for fear of failing. I need to get away from that because if I fail, I fail–at least I was trying, right?

    • YEESSSS!! I am that person, too! And you know something? It’s stupid! Last Sunday I taught my first 15 minutes of yoga — I was thiiiis close to “being sick” that day, but I went, did my best, and in the end it was not that bad. (I was a sweat ball at the end of my sequence, but man! it was a revealing experience!)
      So, pick one thing you’ve been putting off because of fear of failing and just do it. Let me know how it goes!

  3. I love this, and I needed it so much. I have been in a creative rut lately. Still writing and dreaming, but not publishing or painting.
    So thank you. Thank you for publishing it so I could read it. And thank you for reaching out to me. You have done much more good than you know.

    • Pamela, it means so much to hear words like these. I will try to remember them when I feel that whatever I’m posting is trivial, it would be of use to no one, etc. etc. , and it serves no purpose. Encouraging words do encourage and confirmation comments like yours make my blogging journey worth it.

  4. Brene Brown uses this quote as a jumping off point for her most recent book “Daring Greatly”. Love her wisdom on shame and vulnerability. Great book! Thanks for sharing =)

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