Friday, June 10, 2011

Daring Mighty Things

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"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt

Are you stymied by the fear of failure? Is there a dream that has been knocking around in the back of your head to venture out and attempt something, but you have never took that first step? I want to encourage you to strongly consider pursuing whatever that dream may be. We were not designed with mediocrity in mind.

Never took a motorcycle ride that was more than 3 or 4 hours on a Saturday? Always wanted to go to Sturgis? Time is a wasting. One of the most enjoyable rides I have ever taken was an 8 hour ride to Tampa/St. Pete for work a couple years back. Yes, it was a long time in the saddle, but boy that ocean sure looked good and the salt air smelled wonderful when I arrived.

Ever thought there was a calling on your life for a certain occupation or mission? A couple of weeks ago I caught up with a friend that I did not had a chance to visit with in almost a year. We quickly got catching each other up on what was going on in our lives. I knew that he, his wife, and daughter had all gone on short term mission trips to Africa, so I knew he would be excited to hear that Allison and I were going to Venezuela. When I told him, I was right. He was quite excited, but he surprised me, too. He and his wife both felt a call to serve there full time and have been making plans to quit their jobs and become full time missionaries. Talk about daring mighty things!

We are here a very short time and there is no guarantees how long we will live or that we will die in our old age in our sleep. So, I suggest living life to its fullest. Dare mighty things!


Jack Riepe said...

Dear Allen Madding:

I have reached a point in my life where I would rather eat dung from the butt-hole of a dead moose before I will ever again submit to the mediocrity of Corporate America, and the zombies who subjugate all who labor for it. Teddy Roosevelt was right.

Fondest regards,
Jack / reep
Twisted Roads

FLHX_Dave said...

I second, every word, of Riepe. I agree with everything Roosevelt said, and now, I agree with everything you just posted here. Dare mighty things!...even if that mighty dare is eating eggplant. Good for you on taking the dare. I try to live my life as such.

Bill (cycleguy) said...

I have always loved that quote by TR. Love your challenge as well Allen. Dreaming big dreams get rid of mediocrity.

redlegsrides said...

Along the same lines:

He either fears his fate too much,
or his desserts are small,
who dares not put it to the touch,
to win or lose it all.


Redleg's Rides

Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

Unknown said...

I'm with Dave on this, I second you, Jack and Roosevelt, unfortunately I have bills to pay and for now stuck with work. Too many years I lived in the grey area. We are here a very short time and there is no guarantees how long we will live, I'm now trying to do things I never thought I would be doing.

Unknown said...

Amen brudder(s)!

I posted a link on Facebook and I think I'm going to print it out and keep a copy close. I needed to read this one today.

Thank you


chris said...

good one Allen !!

Allen Madding said...

reep - something tells me you reached that point a looong time ago :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

FLHX_Dave - somehow I knew this was your mantra when I started writing this post. Thanks for commenting.

Bill - I honestly believe with all of my being that we were never called to mediocrity. Thanks for continuing to read and write.

Charlie6 - excellent quote. Thanks for writing.

George F - there are constant demands that I must meet, but I make a very pointed effort to get some enjoyment out of each day if it only means 42 miles on the motorcycle commuting home. Thanks for writing.

Shannon - glad it gave you some motivation, brother. Rock on!

chris - thanks!