Do one thing every day that scares you.
- Eleanor Roosevelt *
Courage makes ordinary people remarkable.
Eleanor Roosevelt understood courage.
She lost both her parents and a brother at an early age, was sent away to boarding school in London and then married her fifth cousin, Franklin Roosevelt, who was publicly unfaithful to her and later contracted polio — all during one of the most difficult periods in American history — the post-Depression years and then World War II.
Yet despite tragedy after tragedy, she stood up for what she believed needed to be said and done. At a time when women were largely dismissed, she inspired millions.
So quick, name something that scares you...
P.S. I made a list of what scares me. I just might try this out.
* Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.
President Harry S. Truman later called her The First Lady of the World in tribute to her human rights achievements.
Though widely respected in later years, Roosevelt was controversial for her outspokenness, particularly regarding racial issues. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention. Occasionally, she publicly disagreed with her husband's policies. She advocated for women in the workplace, civil rights for African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.
By the time of her death, she was regarded as one of the most esteemed women in the world. She was called the object of almost universal respect in her New York Times obituary. In 1999, she was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.