I recently started listening to and reading Brene Brown. What an eye opening experience that relates so well to caregiving, specifically the quote by Teddy Roosevelt she refers to:

” The Man in the Arena”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of good 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; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.”

I hope you find this useful in your caregiving journey when criticized by others. Of course there will be errors and shortcomings in your caregiving journey. And the opinions of those who have “no skin in the game” do not count.

Keep striving valiantly and know that you are being admired and cheered on by those who have skin in the game.


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Very encouraging quote. Thanks.

Rachel Zamore

Oh so true!! I love Brene Brown’s amazing work, and for those of us in the trenches of caregiving, this arena quote could not be more spot on. Thanks for sharing this.