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 up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, 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 timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Here is to those willing to stay in the arena....dirty, bloody and tired....and fight for something worth fighting for.
It is tempting to leave the arena....especially when your closest ally made such a choice sometime in your M.....but you fight your way along the narrow path and attempt to do what many who choose the wide path are unwilling to do, all the while knowing there is no guarantee of a victory.
May we all continue to find the courage to keep our souls alive and vivid.
God be with us all.
[This message edited by blakesteele at 9:35 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)]
At the end of our life we will answer for our choices.
SI is wonderful, as are the many books I have read, my pastor, therapist, good friends......but at the core of this battle it is just me......just you in the arena . We have to make the final choices that we will experience consequences over.
I have things to work on, brokenness to mend, hurts to pay restitution for.
I get tired and want to leave the arena.....but that chilling of my soul and retreating from life motivates me to stand up again in the arena.
How much can I take? No idea.....I have passed every benchmark I can conceive of....and I am still here.
God help us all.
[This message edited by blakesteele at 9:44 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)]
If one partner is unwilling to R or is not a candidate for R, getting out of the M is the way to get back into the arena of life.
I edit, therefore I am.