The Arena

In our digital age, and within our real-time communities, it is really easy to pass judgement on those that do.

Nothing is easier than a quick digital comment or raised eyebrow in a meeting to show our disdain for the actions of another.

And, while this is an easy, cheap way home, it does nothing in our quest for growth, change and vitality within our respective circles.

My all time favourite quote provides solace on these tough days of condemnation.

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…

Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

Because, for me, and our friend Teddy, my bet EVERY TIME is for those of us that dare to do.

It takes great courage to lead change, challenge the status quo or simply put our hands up to volunteer outside our comfort zone.

In my circle, those that don’t; simply don’t get a vote. And, for those taking up the cheap seats, you can enjoy the view, but not the rewards.

The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer

Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

So on today, of all days, here is a shout out to those that live life to the full.

Those angels amongst us that can see life is to be lived.

A life that is Loud. Messy. Fun.

A life where effort is more important than getting it right.

But, most importantly this shout out is for those of us who choose to live life inside the Arena, having a go.


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