I came across this quote today and it really spoke to me (despite the male-centric language). Sometimes, especially in times like these when we feel that attacks are coming at us from all sides, it’s easy to feel discouraged. We need to keep the end goal in mind–the health and well-being of California youth. This is why we fight budget cuts, try to encounter attacks against access to contraception and sex education, and continue to strive to provide excellent education and services to youth so they can have the information and resources they need to make healthy decisions. I hope this moves you as much as it moved me.
“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.”
A passage from Theodore Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” April 23, 1910