Monday, October 6, 2008
Risk or Risky Are You Willing??
To have hope we must take risks. To have hope we must take action. To have any outcome worthwhile we must take risks.
When you really think about it, our every action is at risk because there aren’t any guarantees. What I’ve learned is that the more risks we take, no matter how small, you’ll accumulate enough faith in yourself to plow through most challenges life offers every single day!
Let’s talk about risk. You will risk an awful lot to act on the things that are most important to you. If someone you love were drowning, you might risk your life to save him or her. Or if you believe strongly in justice, you might risk ridicule to stand up for someone who is being treated unfairly. All risks,…reaching out, testing yourself, trying new things, accepting challenges- involve putting your values on the line.
Sometimes the greatest risk may not be climbing the steepest mountain or sailing around the world, alone. It may be more risky to tell someone you care about that you are lonely, or to say, I’m sorry. There are many kinds of risks in life,….emotional, and physical. The IMPORTANT ones are those that help you grow and express your values.
Here are risks we should learn to take in order to challenge ourselves and discover who we really are. For example:
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. (so what!)
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. (do it anyway!)
To reach out for another is to risk involvement. (Go for it!)
To expose feelings is to risk rejection. (Know where you stand!)
To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule. (Who cares? Its’ your life!)
To love is to risk not being loved in return. (Its’ a two way street!)
To live is to risk dying. (Its’ inevitable!)
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure. (Can you imagine if all the great leaders didn’t?)
Remember, that risks must be taken because the greatest tragedy in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing to look forward to, therefore is nothing. Oh yeah,…you may avoid some suffering and sorrow, but you can’t learn, feel, change, grow or love.
Only a person who risks is free!!! God Knows when you are tired and discouraged from fruitless efforts... God knows how hard you have tried. When you've cried so long and your heart is in anguish... God has counted your tears. If you feel that your life is on hold and time has passed you by... God is waiting with you. When you're lonely and your friends are too busy even for a phone call... God is by your side. When you think you've tried everything and don't' know where to turn... God has a solution. When nothing makes sense and you are confused or frustrated... God has the answer.
If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope... God has whispered to you. When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for... God has blessed you. When something joyful happens and you are filled with awe... God has smiled upon you. When you have a purpose to fulfill and a dream to follow... God has opened your eyes and called you by name.
Remember that wherever you are or whatever you are facing.