Eleanor Roosevelt holds Human Rights Declaration
Believe in yourself. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face… You must do that which you think you cannot do… The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
by Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962)
from It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt
image – United Nations; Treaty Collection
Making the Good Stuff Happen
This first appeared in QuoteSnack two years ago. I needed to see it again today.
There are a fair number of Eleanor Roosevelt quotes floating around. I’m chalking that up to three main reasons.
First off, let’s get fame out of the way. She had a built-in audience because she was the wife of a president, but I don’t think that’s why her words are still loved.
Second, she had a charm that was easy to identify with. She was not physically beautiful, yet was a very public figure, involved in beautiful human issues – emphasis on involved. She kept her head held high through her husband’s cheating. She could laugh at herself. She knew her importance, yet was not self-important.
Third, and I think this is most important, she was prolific. She got involved and worked, continually – and wrote about it. For example, Eleanor Roosevelt’s newspaper column “My Day” ran from 1936, three years after beginning her twelve-year stint as First Lady, until 1962, the year of her death. She engaged, wrote about what she engaged with and shared the process of working her life.
To repeat: Eleanor Roosevelt worked her life.
Bring Eleanor Roosevelt Home
What do you work? What would you like to work? What makes you think there is any time but the present, in which to do that work?
A lot of us have a special something, but don’t follow through. Set aside imaginary prerequisites. Take a page out of Eleanor’s book and keep the faith about the possibilities of today. “You must do that which you think you cannot do.” There is no other way to grow.