Even the happiest people in society can have days when they feel deflated, under-motivated and find that they are questioning what they are doing with their life. It doesn't help when you are confronted with critics of your choices or work, which can make these 'low' days feel even more daunting. Even the nicest of weather or location can go nowhere into bringing you out of this 'blue' day. Then all of a sudden, when surfing the internet, you come across a quote that not only lifts your mood but completely flips it into a positive direction. This is the quote that I stumbled across this morning that did just this:
"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. He who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." [Theodore Roosevelt]
I read and re-read this quote a few times and with each passing it became clearer in my mind and re-ignited the fire in my belly. The psychological clouds had lifted and I am beaming with energy that had been suppressed by this 'blue' day.