In the Arena

     Today I’m thankful for a quote I read often as a reminder to stay encouraged no matter my circumstances. A quote to remind me that it’s not the judgment from the people “outside the arena” that counts, but the encouragement from those “inside the arena” who also have the boldness to chase their dreams, to go against the norm, and to use their voice.

     For me personally, “my arena” of becoming a writer, blogger, and speaker is out of my comfort zone and for the longest I allowed the negative voices of those “outside the arena” carry more weight than the singular voice of the Almighty God, but at some point, I made a choice. A choice to “Step into the Arena” with vulnerability, with courage, with boldness, and with a platform given to me by God.

Today, I am THANKFUL to be in The Arena!

“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

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cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”



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