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.---April 23, 1910 - Citizenship in a Republic. T.R.
A friend of mine sent this Teddy Roosevelt quote to me. It stands the test time - being almost 100 years old. What troubles me individually, is that in our world today, there a tendency to focus on the "bad" the negative in the world around us. It is time to realize that good and bad exist in all things -- we can dwell on the bad or we can look to the good, we seek out opportunity or we seek out destruction.
It is our own response to the world that dictates how we "feel", it is the most personal things - out thoughts - that dictate our actions [and reactions]. I realize there are many people today feeling the pressure and stress of their lives - but it is exactly these times that measure us as human beings as participants in our lives - not good times when all is well. "Circumstances do not make the man, they merely reveal him for who he really was." [James Allen]