RISKING IS LIVING
Risk is part of life. Many times we love the risk, and many times we run from it. But life is a series of continuous challenges and risks. What are the true risks that lead to growth and potential?
The word comes from the Italian language, taken from an Arabic word meaning something like “what happens by providence”, making reference to the proximity or possibility of danger. Usually we use the word to mean a threat or danger. It may imply the loss of something, somebody, of having unwanted results; it implies vulnerability.
Every day, as we get up, we make decisions and go ways that may imply risk, from small risks to larger ones. But the idea of this article is to write about the “calculated and deliberate” risks that lead us to grow, to change, to move up: what we could call “good risks”. The Dalai Lama said, “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
Do you want to grow in love, do you want to achieve more? You need to run risks. Without the good risks we would not seek the changes we need, the adaptation that life requires, nor would we have a life that challenges our potential. Of course, the costs have to be considered; though it may imply pain or difficulty, in the long run it is for the best. We will suffer betrayal and unfairness for trying. But we will still continue to live within our values, within what is right.
Many people have closed their hearts and actions because of the pain they received, and hide behind their shells, hoping to never be hurt again. But they drop out of life and quit. But the reality is that, even with the intention of reducing the pain, they will lose the possibility of living fully. But the good risk will take you back to life, and to move forward.
Risk implies smiling a lot, forgiving a lot, laughing and hugging and loving each day. Risk means going against the indifference and the apathy around you.
Good risk means being responsible for your own happiness. Good risk means being responsible for your actions and decisions. It means that you don’t expect “others” to change first. It means you don’t blame others for what you have or don’t have.
Dale Carnegie said; “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. “
Good risk means building instead of destroying; good risk means encouraging instead of discouraging. It means adding instead of substracting. It means giving instead of taking. It’s healing instead of hurting. Good risk is forgiving instead of hating.
Live to make a positive difference! Take that