Daring

I’ve been wanting to read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown for some time now. Ever since I heard the title. Those two words together are so powerful. And no wonder, in the beginning of the book, Brown tells us the words came from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech from Paris, France in 1910 “Citizenship in a Republic”:

“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. . .”

Brown’s book is about having the courage to be vulnerable and the way vulnerability will change your life. I haven’t finished it yet, I’ve only read through the introduction, but that speech just grabbed me.

What would my life look like if I had the courage to dare greatly? If I just rolled up my sleeves and said, “You know what? I might not get this right, but I’m going to try”? I can think of  a few areas in my life I might be a little happier about. I bet you can come up with a few areas of your life that could be improved, something fear of failure is holding you back from.

It doesn’t matter how well I think I could do something. What matters is that I do it. Just jump in and do it. I might fall. In fact I know I will, probably quite a bit. I’ll probably write something terrible, full of errors, or just plain bad. Maybe nobody likes what I write or the way I write. Maybe I’ll take a few pictures that just don’t work. They’re ugly and poorly lit. Or I’ll invite people over and be awkward and weird or make them feel awkward and weird.

But it’s in the trying that I’ll get better.  So I’ll be the one striving valiantly, coming up short again and again, spending myself in a worthy cause. Because, in the end, if I fail, at least I’ll know that I failed while daring greatly.blog sig

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5 thoughts on “Daring

  1. I call this “Doing it scared!” I used to be afraid of everything….and my world was very small. Then God opened my eyes to my paralyzed state because of fear. He is teaching me to trust Him and not myself….and Do It Scared!! Bless you with great JOY as you do it scared and dare greatly!

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  2. Wow! That was powerful. Tomorrow I am undertaking a massive decluttering as I have only a few days off. I know your post is best taken for the really big important things, but I am taking this as my banner as I tackle the stacks! Thank you!

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  3. How often we lose sight that our efforts don’t have to be perfect 99.9% of the time (surgeons in surgery are excluded 😉 ). Thank you for the reminder that it’s the doing and putting forth the effort that build the muscle–not the perfect of the move. Thanks for linking up at Inspire Me Monday!

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  4. I am grateful that you wrote about this book for it sounds like one I would be interested in reading. I have never been a very “daring” person. Rather, I hide behind the skirts of my mother and feel safe. But as I age, I am finding that standing strong is not so bad nor scary. I want to be a representative of Christ in this world and can only do that by “daring greatly….”
    As a neighbor @ Inspire Me Monday.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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