Throw Out Fifty Things

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the Teddy Roosevelt quote: "It's not the critic who counts. It's not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled - or how the doer of deeds could have done them better. No, the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...who strives valiantly and comes up short again and again...but whose name shall never be among those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

It seems like the world has turned critic lately. We've fallen into the habit of standing back and judging how the "doer of deeds" could do them better. On CNN you can even go online and give President Obama and his administration a "grade" for how they're doing so far. But who grades the graders? Listen, becoming the "critic" is an easy and tempting trap to fall into. I mean when you're standing on the sidelines, you don't even have to get your hair mussed, never mind your hands dirty. And no one will "grade" you either, since you aren't in the game. But it doesn't make us superior beings. And it's not even all that much fun. And what do we want on our tombstones? "She was a heck of a critic?" Or, "She really played her heart out?" Hey, I'm just sayin'...

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Comment by Heather on August 14, 2009 at 1:34pm
Excellent quote! Thank you for the reminder!

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