In the Times Which Try a Man

I read ‘Invictus’ at least once a day. I find it motivating on good days, and comforting on not-as-good days. Today, for reasons only the Universe knows, I found it inspiring – as in, ‘Go write a thing,’ inspiring. So I wrote a thing.

Here’s the thing.

 

In the Times Which Try a Man

In the times which try a man,
His courage and his soul,
Shall he fail or shall he stand
To face the night alone?

Shall he bend his neck to fate,
A conquered, broken beast?
Or march bravely to the gate
And claim his honored seat?

Oh my heart and all I am,
From gods born unto earth,
Beat the song and dance the dance,
So I may prove my worth.

Bring me all wisdom can show,
And to my brothers, too.
Bring us the unburdened souls
Of men who know the truth.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 4/24/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI, my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI is about being open instead of sheltered:

There are amazing, kind, funny, brilliant people all around you-but along with your eyes, your mind must be open to see them. Get out of your head and into the world.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 1/30/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI, my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI is inspired by a family member who put up a good fight, and is now in a better place (the best, actually):

Do not scoff when you hear “Life is precious” or “Life is short” or “Make every moment count” or “Seize the day” or any other phrase that reminds you your time on earth is limited. Because it is. Make the most of it.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 8/29/14

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI!

This week’s FYI comes in the form of something I spotted one morning while walking to work:

Mediocrity

When I saw this simple graffiti, I had to stop and take a shot of it. Four words that say so much.

Yes, ‘cowards’ is a really strong word. It works, though, when you consider that for most of us, greatness is a choice. We’re not 6 foot 4, 3% body fat natural-born athletes. We’re not musical prodigy with perfect pitch. For the majority of people, greatness is work. Hard work. Lots and lots of hard work. The good news is that work can be done by any of us if we just have the courage and the will to choose to do it.

Mediocrity is for cowards. Be brave enough to create something great.

 

Thanks for reading.

{RDj}