Advocating for and cheering women on through life’s challenges is a passion of mine. I am often mesmerized and humbled by those who have conquered great obstacles, those who have overcome the worst, and those who have healed from indescribable heartache. Living life with women who, in the midst of blood, sweat, and tears, remain committed to their mission and remain in their “arena” of their own life is inspiring, encouraging, and exhilarating. When we experience life this way together, we always emerge victorious together.
Think about it – when you watch a movie that captivates your heart, your mind, your soul, and you are wrestling through it all as a bystander to the screen experience, don’t you also feel a sense of victory for the main character(s) in the end? I know I do, and then I find myself wanting to go and conquer something of my own.
Real Life Heroes
We need to do more real life together. Real life requires vulnerability, but the experience is highly victorious!
Unfortunately, I think there are many of us, who, in our own, personal, and very significant stories, have chosen to be on the sideline waiting for someone else to jump in and be the main character, and ultimately, to be our hero.
I’m suggesting that we are to be the main characters, to be our own heroes, and to live out God’s story.
Christ didn’t degrade women in his talk,
but he made women HEROES in His Stories.
The funny thing is all along other women have been asking me how I do it… And, I’ve been thinking, “HOW are YOU doing it?”
As you understand, the journey smoothes our edges, deepens our soul, and serves all of us a grand dose of wisdom. The personal victory occurred in the realization of owning my arena and becoming my own hero. Ultimately, understanding this has helped me be the cheerleader for others who are emerging heroes in their own arenas!
Today, I’d like to share inspiration from a 1910 speech given by Theodore Roosevelt.
I’ve replaced “Man” in the quote as I am certain he’d feel this is quite suitable for a modern day woman.
The Woman in the Arena
“It is not the critic who counts;
not the woman who points out how the strong woman stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the woman who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
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 herself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
I’m cheering for you!
Let’s celebrate our victories! We ARE committed to a worthy cause with great devotion.
Share with me – what have you emerged victorious from recently? I’d love to celebrate with you!
We are champions, we are heroes in His story because we have chosen to dare greatly.
Cheers to being IN the arena of life… together!
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