readyinlowell2 51M/43F
27 posts
8/28/2006 5:44 am

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9/7/2006 5:15 pm


A friend of mine sent me this poem years ago, and I really took it to heart then, and it still hits home to me every time I read it.

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to others is to risk involvement
To expose 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 hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure
But risks must be taken,
because the greatest hazard in life is to do nothing.
The person who risks nothing,
does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are a slave,
they forfeited their freedom.
Only the person who risks can be free

People in our world today are so afraid of risks. Many of us have lost that toughness, that ability to get through whatever is thrown our way, and bounce back. Sometimes instead, we plod through our day closeted off from the world, hoping that we don't let people in so that we won't get hurt or have to deal with difficult things such as death and loss. I hurt for people who don't risk and feel. I hurt for them because I know the beauty that is on the other side of risk. I know what happiness can come from the huge risk that no one thinks you should take. But you take it because you believe in it, in the person, in the RISK!!!!

I am an emotionally based person, which makes me a big risk taker in this world. I am such a connected, emotional person. I cry at commercials, laugh when I cry, and despise being alone. I love the company of others, I love heated conversations about the taboo topics. I take the risks on these types of conversations, not to get into fights but to learn as much as I can about the other person.

Has this risky emotional personality caused hurt in my life? Undoubtedly! Have I sometimes wanted to crawl in a hole and never come out? Yes! But would I trade the love and kindness that I have been able to feel and give to others throughout my lifetime. Never!

Are you afraid to risk? Why? Instead of being afraid of the risk, approach it from a different angle and see what you can potentially gain or give to someone else with your risk.

My life would be totally different if I hadn't take many big risks......I wouldn't change a thing!!!!

silverhawk762 52M/48F

8/28/2006 6:12 am

I think that the biggest risk is to give love to another person, to hold them close to your heart - it can cause hurt, and make you doubt yourself as a person. But to give that up would be to stop living - you can't live without love, and you can't love without passion... I love what you wrote. It's certainly true of me, as well, that I take huge emotional risks, and that sometimes the backlash is enough to make me want to hide from the world for a few months. Is it worth it? Hell Yeah!

rm_macpl39 60M
2 posts
8/29/2006 12:09 pm

Risk is a part of my life, everytime I have taken one, I've grown from experience-good or bad. I cannot imagine my life today If I hadn't joined the army as a paratrooper when I was 19. The thrills I got from that lifestyle have carried over today.

I was down in P'town this weekend, going through an art store and there were several quotes attached to photo's.
Marylyn Monroe's quote was
"Did you ever notice that "the hell with it" is usually the right answer"

Not bad for the quintesential dumb blond.

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