I have the glorious privilege of waking up to this view this morning! And just looking out fills me with inspiration. I am filled with a desire to try, to express myself to just get up and do it! Be ALL that I was created to be. Do all that I was created to do! I actually now truly believe it on a heart level, that “nothing is impossible! Impossible is a dare for me to go out and do what has been termed so!” This feeling is in no small part inspired by the Dazzle Hangout by the iWOW Network which I attended a few days ago. It’s surprising how you hear one thing many times and in different ways, but you hear, does not mean you do! So until you know something enough to do it, you don’t actually know it! That’s why we must all stay life long learners. look for opportunities to learn, to reinforce what you know, then to teach and share it, so that you get better and light other “candles” along the way.

Anyhow, this morning as I considered the territories I want to take, the mountains I feel called to climb, that old sneaky feeling of fear tried to creep in. And you know what? I didn’t panic this time, I felt the fear, sort of looked at it and acknowledged that it was there and then I decided to “dance with my fear”. I will do what I have to do, even if I have to do it afraid! That thought reminded me of this quote which I thought to share with you, I took the liberty of giving it a title:

At least, taste defeat!

“It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat & blood, who strives valiantly, who dares to come short & short again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end triumph of great 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 cruel souls who know neither victory or defeat”- Teddy Roosevelt.

So, as you start you day, and I go on to start mine, let these thoughts encourage us- there is no effort without error or shortcoming! Make the effort anyway! Spend yourself on a worthy cause, that’s actually what makes your life worthwhile! Know the triumph of great achievement and even the triumph of being on a journey to do something that matters… So that if at worst you fail, you fail while daring greatly! I even like the sound of that! Choose something worthy, choose to do what your heart tells you it was created to do and put all your weight and effort behind it! Make the effort! And let’s change the question from “what if I fail?” to “what if I succeed?” Go, make it happen today!