We May Encounter Many Defeats, But We MUST NOT Be Defeated

Sometimes in life, we succeed while other times, we fall flat on our faces. Our lives are made up of daily challenges that require decisions on our parts. Sometimes the challenge is so profound that we think it is easier to not even show up…with the anticipation and expectation that the victory is impossible. Your ability to rise above the world that screams to you, “why try?” is a testament to your fortitude and courage.

The courage that you sometimes discount because you don’t see yourself as a victor. Theodore Roosevelt shared this thought in a talk he once gave in Paris. “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.”⠀

May we never see defeat at the hands of not trying, and may we always accept the small victories in life with humility, realizing that each time we dare greatly, our ability to accept whatever comes our way is magnified.

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