Inspirational Speech For The Chronic Kidney Disease Community

Excerpt of "Man in the Arena" speech by Theodore Roosevelt.  

Excerpt of "Man in the Arena" speech by Theodore 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 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, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

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President Theodore Roosevelt gave this speech in Paris in 1910. He argued that it was better to strive to do something with all your heart, even if you fail, than to be a fearful bystander. This relates to all Chronic Kidney Disease patients who at times feel as though it is better to exist in their life rather than LIVE their life to the fullest extent possible.

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The Man in the Arena is performing the tasks and it is he who should be given the credit. Those who are battling CKD should never be afraid to return to the Arena even if they are battered, depressed and/or bruised, literally or metaphorically. The fact is that victory over CKD is not guaranteed and the battles can at times wear at your very soul. However you should be reassured by the fact that even if you fall short of your goals, you are fighting a "worthy cause" and that you do so while daring to achieve the greatest success; peace of mind and reaching your best personal health. The Arena and victory awaits you.

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