Friday, September 29, 2017

A bit of risk is good for you

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool
To weep is to risk being called sentimental
To reach out is to risk another's involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To try is to risk failure

But risks must be taken
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing
The people who risk nothing may avoid suffering and sorrow
But they cannot learn, feel, change, grow or really live
Chained by their servitude they are slaves who have forfeited all freedom
Only a person who risks is truly free

William Ward quoted by John Brierley in 'A pilgrims guide to the Camino de Santiago', p.36

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