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~ On Risking ~

To laugh is ... to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is ... to risk being sentimental.

To reach out for another is ... to risk involvement.

To expose feelings is ... to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is ...
..to risk their loss.

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 hazard in life is... to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing and is nothing.

One may avoid suffering and sorrow, but one simply cannot

learn... feel... change... grow... love... in short, live.

Chained by one’s certitudes, one is a slave; one has forfeited freedom.

Only a person who risks is free...

-- Anonymous