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‘The man in the arena’ … a thank you to those who run for public office

American flag 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

For those who put it all on the line to run for public office — who endure the long hours of campaigning, missed family time, slanderous lies spread by opponents, the joy of winning and the agony of defeat — who were willing to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk … this is for you, the man (and lady) in the arena….

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.”

–Theodore Roosevelt (American President, 1901-09)

H/T to my supervisor Tracy Pyles who first shared this quote a number of years ago

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