Friday, December 14, 2012
A Life Metaphor: Warrior Style
Achaemenid Persian Female Warrior Commander
Tonight during my regular candle light yoga practice the Yogi instructor read a passage from a speech ("Citizenship in a Republic") given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910 by Theodore Roosevelt. It really spoke to me as a metaphor for life and how it is a daily battle ground. We can get into the arena and give our best; win or loose or we can sit on the side lines as critics and automatic loosers for never even trying.
Think about this as you navigate your day today.
"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."
Dare greatly .... See you in the arena