Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Critic

Theodore Roosevelt
Originally uploaded by Pegasus ST

"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 in 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."

Too often in our lives, we give credence, by choice or by requirement, to the critic. Those who are critical of all that we do sometimes impact us on many levels.

As Teddy says, the critic doesn't count. If you're trying your best and giving it your all, to hell with the critic.

Be what you are meant to be and take comfort in the fact that you matter more than anything your critics have to say. Be true to right principles and honest and respectful with others and the rest will fall into place.

Believe in yourself.


Peter said...

There is another way to say this, "If you do not define yourself...others will". Just because someone says you can't, if you believe them you never will.

Terri said...

I adore T.R. He didn't let Anything stop him and he enjoyed life so much. Kinda like you...only without the eye glass thingy!