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In Search of: The Man in the Arena (in Ireland?!?)

I’m in a bit of a frenzy over here.  It is officially spring break!  And that not only means two weeks away from school (yes, two!) but also a trip to Ireland.  I like to tell my peeps I’m heading to the motherland.  (In case you don’t know, there’s a wee ‘bit ‘o Irish in my blood.)  And although I’m being totally silly when I say it, it’s also true — I AM heading to the motherland!

So as I pack and get ready for the craziness that is Dublin and hiking in Northern Ireland, I’ll leave you with this quote.  It’s a quote by President Roosevelt and was introduced to me by Brene’ Brown.  (And if you haven’t heard of her, she’s the researcher that gave the awesome TED talk on vulnerability, and you should totally check her out.  Actually, I think I’ll post it at the bottom to make it easy for you.  ‘Cause, seriously, check her out.)  Anyway, bit of a tangent there.  Here’s the quote.  Words to live by, if you ask me.

“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.”

Yep.  Words to live by.  We should all strive to dare greatly.

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