Friday, October 31, 2008

As the Election Draws Near, I'm Reminded That it is The Fight & Struggle in Life That Makes It Worth Living...

As the election draws near, I can't tell you how much I am reminded that it is the fight and struggle in life that makes it worth living. For the Presidency, one side will lose and one side will win. No matter your political affiliations, this is always a very exciting time in America. Fighting and striving for the most powerful position in the world also seems to me to be the ultimate sale.

For the winning side, they will gain much power and influence. They will be able to take the country and world in their direction. But make no mistake, with this new found power will come great responsibility and hard work. For the supporters and volunteers of the campaign, their will be a sense of rejoicing and celebration.

For the losing side, heartbreak and disappointment will set in quickly after the loss. For the supporters and volunteers, there will be a sense that all is lost and all their hard work was for naught. But in their election loss, they will realize at some point that the seeds of victory are always contained in the ashes of defeat. They will rebuild, and come back to fight another day.

Nobody sums this belief of fight and struggle in life better than former President, Teddy Roosevelt. I wanted to leave you with his "Man in the Arena" speech, which still inspires me today nearly 100 years after it was given:

"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; who strives valiantly; who errs, 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 himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

- Teddy Roosevelt, April 23, 1910

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