No guts, no glory

March 20, 2008

“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

If there is one thing I’ve learnt about myself over the years, it is this – In the face of a worthwhile cause, I am a fighter. And stubbornly so. I cop a lot of crap for it. I’m constantly told to shut up and sit down, to slow down, to care less, to think less, to do less, to give up, to let go. F- all that. I am embracing my inner warrior. Better to have erred on the side of trying, that on the side of dust bunnies and cobwebs because I was too much of a wuss to get off my lazy ass.

Anyway, the quote by Roosevelt got me thinking about my favourite people and how I love them because they aren’t perfect but they try and, in their big or small ways, make the world a better place. And I said a prayer for them this Holy Week because this world needs more people who give a shit.

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One Response to “No guts, no glory”


  1. […] I am today really isn’t  much different. I mean I just wrote a blog post yesterday titled “No guts, no glory” for crying out loud. Seriously?! I’d better start praying for more humility. […]


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