Sunday Drive: Are you in the arena?

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The arena isn’t the most pleasant place to be.

How much easier to sit on the sidelines, jeering or cheering, than to do the hard thing…to put yourself in the path of charging men or lions.

The sidelines invite you to get comfortable but not to act…

To keep your hands clean but not to line up your blisters like trophies…

To be a fanatic but not a warrior…

To never taste “the triumph of high achievement” or even failure “while daring greatly.”

“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

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