Fear, Failure, and Home Exchanges

The wonderful PBS series by Ken Burns, The Rooseveldts: An Intimate History is a great history lesson, and inspirational. The lives of three Rooseveldts were chronicled: Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor. They did not live fearfully, nor did they worry about failure.

In his first inaugural address (1932), Franklin D. Rooseveldt uttered the famous phrase, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it helps me think that I want to live fearlessly, to meet life’s great challenges head on, knowing these challenges embody both the possibility of failure and the hope of great rewards.

Risk goes hand in hand with life, with opportunities to change, to learn, to grow, and to love.

An often-repeated saying in our home is, “Well, there goes another light bulb.” We have in mind something Thomas Alva Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Step out, travel, meet new people, and discover a new home where you can “live like a local” during a home exchange.

Photo: NY – Hyde Park: Franklin D Roosevelt House by Wally Gobetz is licensed under CC by 2.0.