by Theresa Conti
“Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight, just a step at a time, meeting each thing as it comes up, seeing it not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.”
I love this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. It gives me hope and reminds me that I have the courage to step out into the night, and that when I do, it’s never as scary as it seems. Moving across country from New York to San Francisco when I was 18; accepting jobs that felt way over my head and experiencing a deep sense of satisfaction and success when I did.
Becoming a parent; getting divorced; being a single parent; going back to college in my 30’s; traveling to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia by myself for my first tip out of the US.
Moving to Italy as a single woman; being vulnerable and putting myself out there with no guarantees, yet doing it all the same, trusting in the inspiration that guided me to make the choices and take the actions that allowed me to pursue my goals and dreams. Perhaps you’ve done the same.
It’s easy to hold back – fear likes to rear its head – but as Eleanor Roosevelt so wisely said, we have the strength to stare it down.
I recently finished reading Daring Greatly by Brenè Brown, after which today’s post is titled. I’ve listened to many of her podcasts and videos. She frequently mentions a quote by Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, and Eleanor. Roosevelt’s cousin. The quote serves as my inspiration for 2021. I’ve printed it out, placed it on the first page my journal, and read it daily. I thought you might find it inspiring, as well.
It’s 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 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.
What is your heart longing to do? What changes have you been wanting to make, and are ready to dare greatly and pursue?
Write it down. Flesh it out. Create a vision. Then write down the steps you need to take to turn it from a dream into a reality. Take small consistent steps. Even one action a week will lead to a significant change at the end of the year.
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!