Putting Yourself Out There

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure ... Than to rank with the poor spirits though neither enjoy or suffer much. Because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat." Teddy Roosevelt

Taking any risk can be challenging. The Durango to Silverton train is an amazing piece of engineering. It’s the longest running train in the United States today. It has operated out of the same Depot since 1882. What would it have been like to cut the tracks through the canyon to chase silver in the mountains? You can see from the picture the train dances along the cliff side. The view is breathtaking. I cannot imagine the blood, sweat and tears it took to build the line, but I’m sure there was at least some doubt. I think we all have those moments in life where we hesitate to push ourselves for one reason or another. It’s hard to put yourself out there. No matter what we do.

 

To keep me going, one of my favorite quotes is tacked up on an old bulletin board in my office (You can find it above). I came across it in college. I still glance at it from time to time. Say what you want about Teddy Roosevelt, but he was one daring man. 

 

Confidence is king. At times, it can be fleeting. Who knows? Maybe, a few of these posts will strike a cord with a few folks. Below, are my last seven posts. You can always find the latest posts by clicking “From the Notepad” in the menu above and from time to time I even discuss the occasional book I’ve read. “Nines” is my collection of what I think are my nine best posts taking into account personal choice and all-time hit count (Mizzou fans were hungry for a championship against Auburn in 2013, about took down the server). Hope you enjoy. And feel free to drop me a line or sign-up to receive updates. You never know what I might write/tackle next. More to come (I try to get out two posts a month). 

The Last Seven

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." Neil Gaiman

Read Knights of Legend

Read Knights of Legend

“To think of the Devil is much too simple. Every God-fearing person sees only the devil … always blaming the unexplained, or the death of a loved one, or plague, or accident, or war on the Devil. But this is a complex operation. There are so many grey areas in evil anymore.” The Witch (Knights of Legend)

Challenge the Wall

Challenge the Wall

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Out and About

Out and About

This picture was taken with a Canon AE-1 found after a long day hunting garage sale after garage sale. The camera was restored, loaded with what few people today know as film, and then developed in a homemade dark room. This is the output, a fully realized 70s style picture. Or, I could have taken this with a modern day Canon, adjusted the aperture, and then pushed through a cheap program to make it look like an AE-1. You be the judge.