“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.” – Teddy Roosevelt
It’s not always easy to do something scary. It’s not easy to take the step forward or say “no” when it’s so much easier to say “yes.” Whether it’s at work, or with love, to your sister or brother, best friend, significant other or even, yourself. It’s hard to be out there alone on the ledge and it’s easy to criticize from the safety of your comfort zone. But for the betterment of each of us – we must not only offer support, but offer encouragement for those who dare to do something different, or simply to respect the decisions people make for what is “good” for them.
Empathy, kindness, love, belief, courage. We all need these.
Stop clinging so greatly to the idea of personal success – there’s enough to go around for everyone. Share it. Spread it. Don’t just say it – believe it.
Put your heart behind someone else’s efforts, and know… trust…. that they will do the same for you. I’m a dreamer, a doer, a believer – and as much as the world tells me I’m naive, or that I see the world through rose-colored glasses – I believe that we can all make a difference.
That the world isn’t so scary if you know there are people behind you, and if you have the courage and ability to walk this Earth with more faith than fear. With more belief than doubt. With more love than disdain. With more positivity than negativity. It’s not easy. No, nothing about life is easy. But we’re all human. And we all share experiences that can bring us closer together.
So, celebrate dear friends. Rejoice and be grateful. Step out onto the ledge, and know…trust… that you’re not alone. *mic drop*