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.
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. It is posted all over my crossfit gym and when I first noticed it I knew it was where I belonged.
It reminds us that the path to greatness is hard and filled with failures. But it is how we rise from those failures and continue to dare greatly that we elevate our life from one of medicoracy to one that is truly great and well lived. I also love that it addresses those “haters” the critics, the Monday morning quarterbacks discounting their opinions and reminding us that it is those of us who are about action that have really risked it all.
This quote is the jumping off point of Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong.
I have listened to this book twice and each time I have learned something new. She is so insightful and will have you stopping and soul searching at almost every sentence. This book made me think differently. I have recommended it to countless people both male and female.
Also wanted to start sharing blogs, websites and people who I love and support and have integrated their faith into all aspects of their life.
My good friend Suzanne Timbrouck also appreciates the impact that a book like Rising Strong can make on your life. She is currently doing a weekly study on the book on her blog www.sisterlystrong.com. She is a wonderful, strong woman of faith (she is also a cross fitter). Along with her husband they have been called to help married couples include God in their marriages to strengthen them into the life long covenant it was created to be. Their ministry is called 3to1 Ministries and can be found at: http://www.3to1ministries.com
My husband and I have gone through their workshops which are incredible. They provided real tools that we are still using today to love, value and respect each other and continue to grow closer as the years go by.
Lots to check out this week!!
Enjoy your weekend and I will be back next week with new blogs and content for you to enjoy!!
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