Friday’s Final Thought: In the Arena

Jul 26, 2013

I stumbled upon this blog post, Letter from a Volunteer Coach, which paints a picture of the frustrations of being a volunteer coach and why it’s worth it.

It reminded me of these words from Theodore Roosevelt:

“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.”

When we are on the sidelines, let’s remember what it’s like to be in the arena.  And when we’re in the arena, let’s remember why we’re there.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote?