I don’t know who wrote this, but it’s been hanging in my kitchen for a long time.
Dare To Risk
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your ideas or your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To believe is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The people who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, are nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves: They have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
Those sentiments also line-up with a profound thought I heard the other day, which is:
When the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the fear of change, we will take the risks that will help us to move forward.
Is there anything that you’d like to learn or experience that you’re not doing because of fear?
I can think of several! Here’s to having the courage to take the next baby step…shall we?