Oftentimes, the media is used to communicate what’s not working — which can be helpful if the intention is to make things better. But sometimes the news, the commentators, the politicians, celebrities and others point out problems and criticize others only to have the effect of driving a wedge between positions, with everybody pontificating and nobody getting their hands dirty trying to fix anything.
So the next time you hear the critics — or don’t do what you know is right because you fear the critics — we invite you to consider this:
“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, 26th President of the United States