The term is all wrong. We should never consider ourselves “lucky” to survive the days “chances;” instead, we must count our blessings of good fortune. Every day, our decisions have a margin of risk, and the outcome is never 100 percent certain; yet, as safe as our actions may be, we “risk” everything without even knowing it. While we may be unlikely to walk or drive blindfolded by choice, there are some risks everyone should willingly take. Isn’t living also associated with facing our fears and agreeing to accept the adventure? We were meant to jump feet first in order to make mistakes and realize small to big “risks” can be positive worthwhile experiences.
Taking a New Route: Without the guidance of passengers or a GPS, we are left with our own thoughts, seated behind the wheel to make decisions. How often do you chance the road unknown, and decide at the last minute to turn left instead of continuing down the usual path? How you handle situations determines what happens next. Do you respond feeling tense and wrought with panic, or is the moment filled with excitement? We have all been down the road of uncertainty, where the only “hope” of reaching a destination required intelligence and logic, perseverance and ample time. Sometimes, the road feels endless; yet, in reflection, the experience often reveals information about our impulses, decision-making processes and our character. Yes, veering off the path may be problematic, but worth the trouble.
“Look to your right…it is the path back home…it is safe, easy and comfortable…or you can keep moving forward…it will require a lot of training, hard work, study and danger. But, in the very end, you will know strength. I swear it. You might just become someone who will make a difference in the world.” ~ Wesley Chu
Risk Failing: Criticism and embarrassment may be the worst things that can happen when we allow our pride or emotions to interfere with learning new life lessons. Perhaps, it’s time to risk presenting new ideas or tactics, extending our hand to be introduced to new employers or clients, and stepping outside our comfort to begin a new business, hobby or investment in our future happiness. You never know when taking a risk may lead to greater achievement!
“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” ~ Arnold Palmer
Start Saying Yes, Occasionally: An invitation arrives and the second thing that occurs is a pregnant pause of indecision. We turn down opportunity in fear of risking sleep or spending an unknown amount of money; however, unique opportunities may include attending a new exhibit, a concert or festival, or a night in a big city with acquaintances. With the acceptance of risk comes experiences that can become life changing!
“The purpose of life is not to simply be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Risk of Friendship: Why hinder your words or your true self in risk of losing friendship? There are moments to be emboldened and share your inner thoughts and dreams to others. You may discover a new friend who views the world as you do or has a similar passion for a particular hobby or genre of literature or music. Isn’t it amazing when our perception of people is wrong? Friendship comes in a rainbow of personalities and colors, faiths and experiences. It begins quite simply as an introduction or conversation, or by mere fortune!
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong” or “She’s going to hurt me” or “I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so, therefore…” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.” ~ Ray Bradbury