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Try Something

This morning, as I was searching through drafts of posts I’ve started but never finished, I happened upon this quote from FDR. It was saved on September 19, 2012, just about 6 months ago.

FDR102“The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach. We need enthusiasm, imagination and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely. We need to correct, by drastic means if necessary, the faults in our economic system from which we now suffer. We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you. May every one of us be granted the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking!”

Try something. The world needs (and is demanding) something from you. These are words – the call – that I needed today. Perhaps the same is true for you.

The human quest for meaning and purpose is a long and complex one. Your quest, the best that is in you, is to remake the world which you find before you. An overwhelming task. An impossible task without courage, faith, and vision. And I’d add a community to support and believe in you, as well.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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