I am the kind of gal that just can't say no. So I am not surprised by all the different "hats" I will be wearing this school year. I mean how could I say no to the PTO? I enjoy raising money for great causes. How could I not step-up and coach B's field hockey team? I love field hockey and helping empowering girls to be strong athletes. And do I really need to throw a Launch Party for my R + F business? I can't grow my business if people don't know about it. There just seem to be worthy causes everywhere I turn this Fall.
So I am sure that you can understand that my "to-do" was bringing me down. I was feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. It was as if my coffee mug was mocking me this morning! And self doubt started to creep in....what if my PTO event was a failure? What if I don't raise enough money? What if the girls on the team don't learn anything this season? What if we never win a game and they get discouraged? What if I am not a successful sales consultant? I could feel a sad pity party coming on but it stopped after I re-read a quote from Teddy Roosevelt.....
"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."
I am not sure about you but this quote really spoke to me and the pity party ended! From now on I will refer to this crazy busy Fall as the "Fall Of Daring Greatly"!!!