But you know, if you talk all the time,
You will never hear what anybody else has to say,
And therefore, all you’ll have to talk about is your own conversation
The same is true for people who think all the time.
That means, when I use the word ‘think, ‘ talking to yourself,
The constant chit-chat of symbols and
Images and talk and words inside your skull
Now, if you do that all the time,
You’ll find that you’ve nothing to think about except thinking,
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 the 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.
― Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States, gave a speech entitled Citizenship in a Republic, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910. This notable passage is often referred to as The Man in the Arena.
A few years ago, we traveled to the small village of La Motte-d’Aveillans in the South East of France to meet and film with the winner of the #MyTrailDog competition, Gaëtan Ugnon-Fleury and his dogs, Pépite and Jolyn. Our time with them taught us some simple lessons that we often forget in the rush of life. Trail Dog is an ode to the beauty and happiness that can be found in the simplest of things – friendship.
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
In this inspirational TED Talk, adventurer and explorer Ben Saunders motivates us to get outside more. Not because it’s always comfortable, pleasant, and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.”
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.