On Taking Risks

Stacey is actually one of Oprah's Lifeclass Bloggers. I am in love with finding inspiration to live a better life in the most random of places. I stumbled upon this blog while idly surfing the web and when I need a pick me up this is where I go to get it.

William Arthur Ward
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd
is to risk being called naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken,
because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing.
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, feel, change, grow or love.
Chained by his certitude, he is a slave; he has forfeited his freedom.
Only the person who risks is truly free.
This is your moment!
How do you risk to be truly free?

 Risks are a hard one for me- I naturally have large walls built around me to protect myself. It was a mechanism I learned for self preservation through a rough childhood and adolescence. It is hard for me to drop my guard at time and taking risks is one of the ways I am able to get above my own internal boundaries. I practice this as much as I can.

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