Yes, it is just a simple phrase from Monty Python. It conjures so many platitudes which strike at the core of who we are and what we do.
We must always honor the achievements of those that came before, but we can never rest on our past accolades. We must always embrace change and risk. As we have seen throughout mankind’s history, and especially through this last year, change is inevitable, regardless if we accept it or not. So, let us build on our successes, try new things, succeed, and fail. However, we should remember to have fun and be able to laugh at ourselves while doing it.
Many of you will know the following, but it has always been my inspiration:
Citizenship in a Republic
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of 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 and comes short again and again, because there is not effort without error or shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
I don’t need to tell you why we are here so…
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!