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…