This question has been rolling around in my universe for the last few weeks, and I made this image as kind of a reminder to myself. It came out of reading Brene Brown. As many of you know, she speaks about courage vs. comfort in several of her books and talks. She explains that it stems from her discovery of the famous arena speech by Teddy Roosevelt, a quote which inspires me and gets my gears turning and I just wanted to share:
“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
At the end of the day, Brown's question to herself and to anyone who's like-minded is, "When I had the opportunity today, did I choose courage over comfort?" Did I allow myself to be vulnerable with others? To be my true self? Did I dare greatly today? These are not questions for the timid or the meek. These are questions for those of us who want to live in the arena! It's not an easy thing, and so I'm wondering who else feels this way? Who else contemplates this?
Just a peek into my brain lately...but I'm curious, if you've read this far ;) what does this inspire in you?