Writers and people engaged in public speaking are purveyors of the most powerful commodity of all, words. We are people who are interested in collecting clauses, assembling adjectives and positioning verbs in such as way as to educate, inform and inspire people to action. Words are persuasive. Words are permanent. Words are powerful. Words can convey hope and communicate happiness. Words can declare war and proclaim peace. Words can collapse governments and build nations.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Hours by Donald Miller
“The best that can be known and experienced lies asleep in books … and the finer feeling is to awake this best knowledge and experience in these sleeping princes.” Russell H. Conwell
It is said that we will be the same in five years time as we are today, save for the books we read and the people we meet. I have been an avid reader all my life. People laugh at me when I get a new book. I first inhale the unique smell of the untouched paper; it’s almost like that singularly recognisable aroma you get for the first couple of weeks when you sit in a new car. I flick through unturned pages and hear that particular “crunchy click” as the spine is spread open at the first page. A new book is a multi- sensory experience for me. If only Amazon could find a way to do the same with a Kindle, a sort of, “sniff and read” device. Read more
These words were made famous by Teddy Roosevelt:
“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 he 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…”
Will it be said of us that we are that “man in the arena.” Will it be said that we will leave a legacy that counts? For that to happen, there will be moments of choice, days when we step forward and walk through a door knowing there is no going back. There will be days when we will exchange the known for unknown, and trade the secure for the insecure, but will we chose step into that arena? I want to tell you about three times I faced that moment of choice, three times, I decided to step into the arena. Read more