When you look back at the end of your life some day, will you be able to say that you were an audacious, brave and creative artist? If you want to cultivate a beautiful life, don’t be lulled by the anti-artistic Siren songs of safety and a risk-free life. When I look back at the end of my life, I want to see audacious, brave and creative risks taken so when I breath my last breath, I know I’ll be waking up in beautiful kingdom knowing I lived well in this one. Throw in courage, kindness, loving, humble and generous… those are a few more adjectives I want to describe my life.
My family and I recently went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Not only did we laugh and love the movie, I was inspired by Ben Stiller’s character breaking out of safety, security, and mediocrity by becoming the man he dreamed of being: Audacious, Brave and Creative!
A number of years ago, there was another man who lived a pretty audacious life.
His name was Teddy Roosevelt and he wrote a very Mitty-ish short essay entitled, In the Arena. Roosevelt’s words have much in common with our modern-day Mitty story. I hope Teddy and Mitty prod you into becoming the audacious, brave and creative person you’re made to be.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timed souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Questions: Where in your art, life, creativity, relationships or faith do you need to be more audacious, brave or creative? What holds you back? What is appealing or inspiring about Roosevelt’s words?
I’d love your comments and feedback.
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