BEATEN, BATTERED, AND BLOODIED: In Brené Brown’s book, Rising Strong, she refers to a speech given in Paris by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910. Part of the speech is as follows: “It is 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 them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…”
Brené talks about being in the arena, doing life and at times—getting your butt kicked. It’s not in the cheap seats that we learn to be stronger; it’s being in the middle of it all, getting knocked down time and time again, and getting back up time and time again.
The Rocky movies are a good example of this. Rocky kept getting knocked down and yet he kept getting back up. His opponents would just shake their head in disbelief that he would keep coming back for more punishment. But at the end (spoiler alert you millennials), Rocky, badly beaten, bruised, and bloodied, comes out victorious.
Life will try to knock us down time and time again, and that son of a bitch Satan will tell us to “Stay down, stay down—don’t get up.” But it’s when we keep getting up that we get that much closer to being victorious, bruises and all over the stuff in life that’s hard.
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