I read this fantastic quote the other day and wanted to share it with you. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” A beautiful sound bite from an inspirational address delivered to a group of school children on Prize Day. These words are a reminder to strive for your ideals, but that change happens on the ground in your actions.
I felt so moved by this quote that I tracked down the full speech and read it through. And just like the cliché goes, reading the book is so much better than watching the movie, reading speech gave so much more gravity (meaning) to the quote.
President Roosevelt was warning the boys and girls of Groton that many people are going to want to put them into a box: “you will meet plenty of well-meaning people who speak to you as if one trait were enough.” And that happens doesn’t it? People see us for one aspect of ourselves – the dreamer, the loyal friend, or the joker etc. – and then we start to conform to that description and begin to be defined by it.
One trait isn’t enough. You are a multifaceted, complicated, and beautiful person that was carefully made with intention. True happiness lies in listening to ourselves honestly and fully, then striving for that ideal position in life that we were made to occupy. Be deliberate in the way you live your life.
“Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”
– The Violets
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