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by Susan K. Smith

Thursday, September 11, 2008
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Encouragement to keep on trying! Go for your dreams!


During a time of discouragement in college, a favorite professor gave me a copy of the following quote, which he kept in his wallet.

“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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt, President (1901-09), 1858-1919


Don't be afraid to fail
  Or your dreams you'll cease to strive
Heed not the mockings of those
  Who really are not alive

Look not to the side for direction
  To the lamb-skinned wolves nearby
Who say that they do speak the truth
  But devour with a lie

Look above for your direction
  To the star in the sky
And don't be afraid to fail
  And be not afraid to try!

©  winter of 1976, S. K. Smith




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Reviewed by Z McClure 12/25/2009
Yes! Trust in the wisdom from above; from the true and living God. Advise and direction that originates with the creature is deceptive. Trust Christ. Excellent words from a faithful guide.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/4/2009
Look above for your direction
To the star in the sky
And don't be afraid to fail
And be not afraid to try!

I appreciate your advice, Susan. It provides a recipe for success. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 9/15/2008
Hello Susan,

Wonderful lines in rhyme, verse, and content - masterfully woven in heartwarming style. Perfect closing line: "And don't be afraid to fail...and be not afraid to try!"

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/11/2008
Wise thoughts to share and even when one falls, get back up and try again, never give up...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Linda Hill 9/11/2008
Wisdom is these words! I believe the only failure is not trying at all.

Many blessings,

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