Greetings! I must first confess that I am not a native Washingtonian. I grew up in Freedom, Maine. My family farmed dry beans, raised sheep, kept bees, twitched logs, and in general, remained unnaturally active during daylight hours. Several days ago, I found myself singing: “You’ve got to – do it, do it, do it, cause when you’re through…You know that – you did it, you did it, you DID it!”
My friends were convinced that my parents had made the song up to encourage work ethic in their four children (I have three brothers). But, after a little internet research, I discovered that Mr. Rogers wrote that song, and apparently, it had a huge impact on my young mind. It was stored in the depths of my subconscious, a simple message, but a meaningful one. Nothing ever gets done, no creative projects are ever realized, if no one puts forth the effort.
One of my favorite quotes is from Theodore Roosevelt. In 1910, he gave a speech entitled: “Citizenship in a Republic”
In it, he said, “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.”
I try to live every day actively, to do instead of think about doing. Sometimes I stumble because I should have done more thinking, but I would rather make mistakes than sit idle.
I love to travel, and have written about my adventures at A Year Of Living www.thetwowanderers.blogspot.com, and I love to make people laugh. I started my own publishing company, Mad Dash Publishing, to print my first book, which will be on shelves and in eStores later this year.
My voice, the one I plan to share with “It’s Great to Be” is playful, adventurous, and open. I hope to help people remember what it is that makes the world a beautiful and silly place.