Avoiding Risk, Risks Life

Posted by on June 5, 2011

Honestly, I’ve avoided risk at all cost. Yet I’ve felt recently that every time I turn a corner I hear someone talking about the need to take risks. I’ve sought safety over adventure, at the risk of my soul.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller

Thanks, Helen, for that bit of a kick. I feel like it’s danger I have to seek out to really live. To find life I have to risk it. Yet I’m scared to because I don’t know the outcome.

“Inaction is the greatest risk of all” – Timothy Ferriss

Yeah, Timothy, you’re right. I don’t look back and celebrate my safety. I look back and regret not going on that trip because it cost too much. Amanda and I have missed experiences over budgets. And I look back and don’t think about how good I did to save. I look back and see a hole. I see a gap where there was life to be lived and I missed it.

So this is my public confession of my fear.

But Wade Josey says, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination.”

I agree.

There must be more risk in my life so I can truly live.

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

4 Responses to Avoiding Risk, Risks Life

  1. mandythompson

    1) That Wade Josey is a keeper.
    2) I didn’t know you had a blog. Or did I…?

  2. Paula

    Well, this is a good one for the VanDonkalaars!! Makes me feel like we’re doin them a favor, looring them south!

  3. Betty Houghtby Ospina

    Fabulously written. I can relate!

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