At the park where I walk, I watch a group of kids who play there almost every day. Some are out front leading the way, some are at the back of the pack struggling to keep up and several are in the middle of the pack. I am not certain if those in the middle remain there because of ability or choice, and I wonder if they understand what they are missing by never living on the fringes. Some of my most important life lessons were learned around the edges. Whether struggling to master something that did not come easily or taking the chance to lead the group in what could have been the wrong direction, I definitely learned a lot.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” I recently read this quote attributed to Theodore Roosevelt and was immediately reminded of those kids within the middle of the pack. It is pretty safe and secure in the middle of the pack. However, as the old adage states, “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.” Taking a risk presents an opportunity for failure, but it also offers the thrill of overcoming and the sweet taste of victory. Even in failure there is the opportunity for growth.
Let’s dare to do mighty things, even at the risk of failure. Life is not a spectator sport; it is meant to be lived. Dare to dream; take the steps necessary to accomplish those dreams, and if you stumble, then get up…reset your focus…and continue. There are bright, sunny days ahead!