Take a risk and write it down

Risky business, this life.

The following quote was laminated into the tabletop at the restaurant where I dined this morning. The risk ordering the Eggs Benedict wasn’t worth the radioactive cheese sauce and black olives, but the tabletop made me think, which is always good at 8 a.m.

For memoirists, I especially liked the second stanza:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.


To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.


To live is to risk dying.
To believe 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, is nothing. They may avoid suffering an d sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their attitudes they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free.


~ William A. Ward


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