Last week when I announced that Compass Yoga would dissolve after 4 years of helping students and teachers access and teach community yoga classes, a friend sent me this quote. I printed it out to hang at my desk. I expect to read it many times over in this new chapter of my life and career as a full-time writer. If you are also about to embark on a path that is both thrilling and frightening, I hope this quote bolsters you up as you design and pursue your own daring adventure.
“The credit belongs to the [woman] 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 herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt