“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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 knew neither victory nor defeat.”
*-Theodore Roosevelt from his speech Citizenship in a Republic.
There are days where everything seems like an uphill battle, and these are the times we pray the hardest and most fervently. Lent, I find, is always a time for deeper introspection, putting aside time to rediscover a depth that gets overladen with our day-to-day activities.
We tend to be proudest of the achievements that we struggled with the most, investing as Roosevelt says dust, sweat and blood.