A Call to Men to Live a Strenuous Life!

Written by Mark Cole

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From The Strenuous Life, Chapter VI, Character and Success

That quote from Roosevelt also reveals that his fundamental reference point for instruction and inspiration was history, and more particularly, biography. Roosevelt was a deep and consistent reader. Countless stories are told of TR reading history and biography inrepparttar burning sun as he waited for a perfect shot in Africa, or as he sought some shelter from rain inrepparttar 135393 Amazon jungle.

Fromrepparttar 135394 histories and biographies that he read, Roosevelt extracted vital wisdom and motivation. He learned fromrepparttar 135395 great men who have gone before. Then, he wrote down his thoughts about them. In his astonishingly productive life, he wrote (in addition to scores of other books) biographies of Oliver Cromwell, Thomas Hart Benton, Gouverneur Morris. He also co-authored a collection of short biographies titled Hero Tales from American History, a volume dedicated to young men of his day with hopes that they would be inspired byrepparttar 135396 heroic men of American history.

Roosevelt recognizedrepparttar 135397 power of biography to impart heroic characteristics fromrepparttar 135398 great men ofrepparttar 135399 past to aspiring great men of today. As he constructed his life – his biography – he was constantly measuring himself againstrepparttar 135400 great men ofrepparttar 135401 past. If reading biography was important for someone as great as Roosevelt, would we not do well to follow his example?

The defining value forrepparttar 135402 life of Theodore Roosevelt was really love for and service to his country. His perseverance and ambition were not merely masculine virties which he exercised forrepparttar 135403 sake of Theodore Roosevelt. Rather, his character and his mental and physical toughness were consciously developed forrepparttar 135404 service of his country. Roosevelt continually stressed that learning and physical exertion – evenrepparttar 135405 hunting he loved so much – were really about preparing a man to contribute something to his country. For Roosevelt, that obviously meant service to America.

It was inrepparttar 135406 defense of his country that Roosevelt coinedrepparttar 135407 famous phrase, “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” And inrepparttar 135408 pursuit of American interests, in each ofrepparttar 135409 offices that he held, Roosevelt was utterly uncompromising.

In a day when roughly half of America’s political leaders are eager to let other countries throughrepparttar 135410 mechanisms of international institutions control America’s destiny, Roosevelt is an anomaly. Perhaps American political leaders would be wise to revisit Roosevelt’s philosophy of American strength and yes, diplomacy, but diplomacy coupled with strength. Diplomacy without strength is cowardice looking for an excuse to display itself. Diplomacy with American strength will get results. Those results will be inrepparttar 135411 interest ofrepparttar 135412 United States of America, to be sure. But Roosevelt was always unafraid to proclaim that when America is strong,repparttar 135413 whole world is better off.

It may have been Ronald Reagan who in 1987 asked Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” But standing just behind Reagan wasrepparttar 135414 memory of Theodore Roosevelt, with his big stick.

And that wall did come down – much sooner than anyone anticipated.

In an age of uncertainty and moral relativism, returning torepparttar 135415 spirit of Roosevelt is like a breathe of fresh air. He saw situations clearly and acted boldly, always inrepparttar 135416 interest of America. If he helped other people and other nations alongrepparttar 135417 way, so be it. But that was not his intent. He always put America first.

It is thus appropriate and probably inevitable that such an amazing man would become not only President ofrepparttar 135418 U.S. – but also that he would eventually grace Mt. Rushmore alongside Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.

What, then, do men like us take from a giant and a real-life hero like Theodore Roosevelt? I think a few things.

First, struggling for self-improvement is a continual goal; but rest, comfort and ease are not worthwhile goals on their own. Yes, we must rest in order to recuperate. But we must recuperate only to come back stronger. We should find our weaknesses, root them out and pound them until they become our strengths. That isrepparttar 135419 way ofrepparttar 135420 true man.

Second,repparttar 135421 protection of those within our sphere of influence is one of our highest callings. For Roosevelt, his sphere of influence was (appropriately for a man of his energy level and capacity)repparttar 135422 United States.

For us, our spheres of influence are smaller, but no less important. We are called to nurture, protect and promote our families, our businesses and vocations, and our churches and other voluntary associations. We should without reservation boldly promote these interests, protect them from harm and work hard to advance them. That doesn’t mean that we should be brutal or unethical or take short cuts. History shows that those methods arerepparttar 135423 way ofrepparttar 135424 coward and any short term, ill-gotten gains are not in fact inrepparttar 135425 interest of those we are called to protect. Our call is to be guided by ethics, morality and fair play and within those guidelines to defend, nurture, promote and cherish those in our sphere of influence. Nothing more, nothing less.

We need not saverepparttar 135426 world; indeed, if more of us would just take care of our spheres of influences with halfrepparttar 135427 energy of Roosevelt, thenrepparttar 135428 world would largely be taken care of. That is an agenda which TR would agree that every man should pursue, and pursue it with might, vigor and desire. Men like that will undoubtedly wear out, not rust out, but TR would have it no other way.

My hope is thatrepparttar 135429 life of Theodore Roosevelt will do for you what he has done for me; that his life will inspire you and bless you as you fulfill your God-given potential. If you are inspired by Roosevelt and his life, then please visit my web site: www.ConversationsFromthePast.com.

Mark Cole, an attorney, has degrees from Baylor, Yale, Notre Dame & University of Houston. To learn more about how the Great Men can inspire and motivate you, visit http://www.ConversationsFromthePast.com.

10 Reasons Why You Need to Ditch the Super Mom Syndrome

Written by Peggy Porter

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#7- Your friends will like you more when you can laugh at your imperfections along with theirs. #8-Your quality of life will immediately improve. When you makerepparttar decision to give yourself a break and do your own personal best instead of 100% perfect, a huge weight is lifted off your shoulders. Anxiety and depression can be an end result of unrealistic standards that you consistently place on yourself. #9-The Super Mom never enjoysrepparttar 135392 moment. She is always multitasking and thinking of what needs to be done next. Life will pass you by before you know it. #10-Continuing to admire women who can do it all will continue to place unrealistic demands on mothers to do it all. Let’s start to admirerepparttar 135393 mothers who take time to nurture themselves. Let’s admirerepparttar 135394 women who can enjoyrepparttar 135395 time withrepparttar 135396 kids atrepparttar 135397 playground and be really present when they are reading to their children. Let’s toastrepparttar 135398 Moms who admit they can't do it all, allrepparttar 135399 time. Let’s congratulate women on their honesty and ability to ask for help. Let’s start to celebrate our imperfections instead of beating ourselves up over them. Let’s stop judging each other and offer support instead. We are not perfect creatures nor were we meant to be. So why are we trying to be??? Wouldn't Motherhood be a lot more fun if it didn't have to be perfect?

Peggy Porter is a nurse, Wellness Coach, and author of YumME MumME Makeover-How to Balance Womanhood and Motherhood by Nurturing the Me in MumMe. If you are a Mom and want to start creating a healthier balance in your life, go to www.seekingbalance.ca and register for Peggy's free monthly teleclass and Ecourse! For more info you can also email peggy@seekingbalance.ca or call 506-832-1117.

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