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The man in the arena - what about you?  

Alas, I did not write-in Teddy Roosevelt (although admittedly, I considered it..), yet the words from his landmark speech just over a century ago ring loud & true in my ears this post election day 2020, what about you?

Cannot recall (like all the good shots you hit in your last round - we tend to dwell on the poor ones, do we not?) the powerful message within?  Allow me to jog your memory for the purposes of improving your golf, but of course (and perhaps YOU as a citizen of spaceship Earth).  

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The setting: twas April 23, 1910.  The former president - who'd left office in 1909 - had spent a year hunting in Central Africa before embarking on a tour of Northern Africa and Europe in 1910, attending events and giving speeches in places like Cairo, Berlin, Naples, and Oxford


Around 3 PM at the Sorbonne, before a crowd that included, according to the Edmund Morris biography Colonel Roosevelt, “ministers in court dress, army and navy officers in full uniform, nine hundred students, and an audience of two thousand ticket holders,” Roosevelt delivered a speech called “Citizenship in a Republic,” which, among some, would come to be known as “The Man in the Arena.”

In addition to touching on his own family history, war, human and property rights, the responsibilities of citizenship, and France’s falling birthrate, Roosevelt railed against cynics who looked down at men who were trying to make the world a better place. “The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer,” he said. “A cynical habit of thought and speech, a readiness to criticize work which the critic himself never tries to perform, an intellectual aloofness which will not accept contact with life's realities—all these are marks, not ... of superiority but of weakness.” Then he delivered an inspirational and impassioned message that drew huge applause. 




Voilà mes amis...

"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."

Allow me to 'golfiscate' these fine thoughts, for you to ponder moving forward.

- Are you pointing fingers at other people, places or events to explain (excuse?) your lack of progress?  Buying into on-line quick (and cheap) fixes instead of looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing a face marred by dust and sweat and blood?  Who you fooling, anyway? Answer: no one. 

- Are you afraid of erring at first, in order to improve long term? Enamored by hocus pocus promises on SM and fearful of hard work? I understand; how's that floating your boat, anyway? 

- Fail - please.  And fail again (it's how we learn anything on the links, or in life).  And YES - fail while daring greatly!  The alternative?  Why, stay in your ever-so-safe comfort zone of mediocrity with your cold and timid-souled brethren.  Your choice. 



Come Together



Is this what's necessary to bring us all together - as opposed to being pushed farther and farther apart?  You know, a good alien invasion, or the like...



Click on either image above for a meaningful reminder from an iconic U.K. foursome - then jump into the arena with verve & intention - time is of the essence.   




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“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month”


      -- Theodore Roosevelt

 
 
 




Best,
 
          ~ CS ~
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