Since I began this post a day challenge, being spoon-fed by the Daily Post at WordPress topic ideas has provided excellent inspirational nourishment for writing. However, I start to panic a bit when on some days I anxiously search for the new topic and I find nothing posted. Zip. Zero. Nothing. Well, today is such a day….where are you Scott Berkun?? I need food for writing my post…..got my utensils out, laptop, brain, typing fingers and assorted munchies to go with my main meal. Youhoooooo, Scott…..hungry….really hungry…..
Oh, gee whiz, I guess it’s time to grow up and feed myself. *sigh* Hey, seeing it’s the birth date of United States 26th President Theodore Roosevelt, I guess you won’t mind if I talk a bit about some words to chew on and digest. Check this one out….
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. (Speech at the Hamilton Club, Chicago (10 April 1899)
As you know, Theodore, truly lived these words in his own life. He starts life as a sickly and asthmatic child but his no-nonsense father encouraged him to exercise and box to strengthen his physical condition. Named after his father, Theodore said this about his father:
“My father, Theodore Roosevelt, was the best man I ever knew. He combined strength and courage with gentleness, tenderness, and great unselfishness. He would not tolerate in us children selfishness or cruelty, idleness, cowardice, or untruthfulness.”
Time to clean up now after this hearty meal without Daily Post but as the ol’ saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder…..
Until tomorrow, dare to write mighty things!