MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Stay in the arena

It seemed only too appropriate that thirteen Mary Lincoln day lilies bloomed this morning on the eve of our national holiday celebrating the thirteen states who established independence from England.

I fed the dogs at 8:00 AM and returned to bed for another hour to give the legs an additional hour to wake up. That seemed to work. Now, I’m seated on the deck in delightful morning weather, sipping coffee and eating bagels with whipped strawberry cream cheese, topped with sliced fresh strawberries.

I have things to do but I am not going to stress whether I touch them, or not.

I finished my Henry Clay audio book and have now begun listening to LION IN THE WHITE HOUSE: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Aida D. Donald. It was refreshing to approach Henry Clay’s biography without feeling the need to research but to enjoy the art of learning. I’ve read far more on the life of Theodore Roosevelt than Senator Clay, but I am still enjoying the revisit to his story.

“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I’ve always found the above quote to be absolutely magnificent and powerful. It never fails to inspire me and I pray I will long remain in the arena for worthy causes.

Be strong. Be in command. And never cease to make each day a great day. Even if it falls short of being a great day, at least you know you have tried.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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