All In

Earlier this month, I attended the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.  One of the speakers was Dr. Brene Brown who discussed vulnerability and how it's a strength.  It's daring to show up and let ourselves be seen.  Her latest book, Daring Greatly, explores the fears that keep us from being "all in" and how being vulnerable is our most accurate measure of courage.

The first page of Dr. Brown's book opens up with a passage of Theodore Roosevelt's speech from 1910 ....

The Man in The Arena

"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 and comes 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 the worst, 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."

~President Theodore Roosevelt
Speech at the Sorbonne
Paris, France
April 23, 1910

I pray that I can learn to let go of the fears that keep me out of the arena.  What keeps you sitting on the sidelines and from becoming fully engaged? 

Stepping out in Faith,

Nancy Nickoley

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