The First

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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt.

I have a true lifelong friend that challenged me to dare greatly. She challenged me to start a blog and write again. Little does she know I never stopped writing. I write little snippets all the time. Little poem verses that flow out of my mind and onto the computer screen.

So I guess for this first entry. Let me tell you about myself. I came from very remote northeastern New Mexico. It is very beautiful there with all sorts of landscapes. Flatland, rolling hills, brush, sandhills, rocks, trees, grass, everything. When I say very remote. I mean very remote. When i graduated high school there were four guys and one girl in the graduating class. Five in all. Kindergarten to seniors… there was a total of 52 kids. For me to drive to school each day, I drove 38 miles. Of which 12 miles were dirt road. We were small and we were close to each other.

I recently recieved a kidney/pancreas transplant. I spent 23 years if my life as a type 1 diabetic. 1 year having end stage renal disease. Ten months on peritoneal dialysis. I now have gone one week and one day without taking insulin and without doing dialysis. Let me tell you this… Its bloody awesome!! I’ll write more on this in days to come.

I write short kid stories. Stories that exercise the brain and make them think and wonder. I enjoy writing. Hopefully you will enjoy my writing style.

Things to see on this blog. Life, death, daily activities, stories of animals (horses, dogs, cows), the new life, rants ( I’ll keep them to a minimum) noone likes a negative Nancy. Maybe some poetry, and short stories. Words of wisdom from prior mistakes , and anything else I feel like writing about.

Have a blessed day. Remember that when you’re having a bad day that’s there are days like today, but it could be worse. Find the sunshine in everything.

Published by Arlyn

I'm just a guy with a new lease on life. Full of stories and reflections. Here to spread some positivity in this not so positive thinking world.

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