Monday, November 16, 2009

have a little faith

"It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worth cause, who at best knows achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

-Theodore Roosevelt

via a card from Laura. What a perfect quote! Thank you!

I am feeling much better mostly for two reasons:

1. Because of a tremendous outpouring of love and support from my mom, roommates, teammates, friends, and coaches. Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I really, really appreciate it.

2. During my mad scramble this morning to see if there was any possible way I could still apply for an internship I discovered that the deadline was extended to December 1st. Miracle of miracles, I still have the chance to at least be considered for this amazing opportunity!

More than anything, I guess this weekend has been a testament to me that I don't need to freak out. Things will be okay, and whether the definition of okay matches with mine or not is not important. This time it did (minus the fact that there was no way to go back and redance the competition), but it won't always in the future. And I have to accept that. Heavenly Father has a plan for me, like he does for each of you, and if I'm doing what I can to live the Gospel, I need never worry about what events or circumstances I have to experience.

That being said, this girl is not going down without a fight.
Bring it on, finals week, scary social situations, and the next round of ballroom competitions (ah?). I'm not dying with the song still in me.


Hence72 said...

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amanda and dave said...

I really like that quote. That's sweet concerning the internship! woot woot! go katie! love you girl.

Jody Lynn said...

Oh good! I'm so glad the internship deadline was extended.

Don't worry, you're not the only one who freaks out and had to learn the lesson that everything will be fine. Except, I have to learn it over and over again. Ha.
Love ya!

Megan said...

go katie!

Kurt Myers said...

Katie I just read several of your most recent posts. Now I have something to say to you. There is one thing that I have learned over the last ten years of performing and competing. That is that first place is glory for nothing but a moment. A week later no one remembers who placed in what. Nor do they care. I will tell you what they do remember. They remember how you made them feel as you danced by and that is what is important to them.
Katie I remember as you danced by we all cheered for you because you danced with such grace beauty you moved us. That is what we will remember. You have nothing to hang your head about. You are an exceptionally beautiful dancer and know and should be proud of that no matter the outcome. :D