rm_txrose4uNTX 58F
5791 posts
9/19/2005 7:53 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm


Yes, it is true, it is bigger and better in Texas. For the Starbucks in Temple, Texas, this is true too in that it sports one of the largest signs for their Starbucks (probably because it is along the highway).

While there, I bought a Toffee Nut Latte and an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie for a break along my trip. On the cup, it sported a message:

The Way I See It #31

Risk-taking, trust, and serendipity
Are key ingredients of joy. Without
Risk, nothing new ever happens.
Without trust, fear creeps in.
Without serendipity,
There are no surprises.

- Rita Golden Gelman

Author of Tales of a Female
Nomad. She has had no permanent
Address since 1986.

While Starbucks has a disclaimer that this “is the author’s opinion, not necessarily that of Starbucks”, it certainly does hold a lot of meaning towards risk-taking. Not many people are willing to take risks. Being nomadic is certainly a risk; I am not so certain that I could live without an address or home to return to eventually (even if I don’t return to it every evening with my work schedule). Having a home to return to is certainly a comfort zone for me, and many others throughout the world.

This writing on the cup certainly gave me lots to think about along my trip. I have probably taken more risks than many others in my lifetime ‒ telling off the owner of a rather large computer corporation, working in a variety of industries, having my daughter despite the fact that my husband didn’t want any children, raising my daughter as a single parent for most of my life, studying to change my career to Legal Assistant/Paralegal in 1991 and, in 2003, returning to college to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice for another change in my career directions, offering my opinions and suggestions at work (to some people this might not be a risk, but, if you knew one of my employers, you would certainly be agreeing me on this one), and so ever much more.

I seem to thrive on risks so long as I have some consistencies to ground me ‒ a home to return to, my daughter being there, some trees around me, friends and family to talk to, abilities to help others, drives to the countryside for some rest & relaxation, etc. With these groundings, I allow no fears to creep in my world.

I am interested in seeing what my next Starbuck’s cup will say!!! Hopefully, I won’t have to drive to the Starbuck’s in Temple, Texas, every time to get these cups with messages, albeit I do make it that way every other week.

How good are you at taking risks?
What are your groundings that you have in life?
Do you like surprises?

P.S. To read or respond to their “Way I See It” messages on their cups, go to [their website]/wayiseeit.”

rm_txrose4uNTX 58F
3289 posts
9/23/2005 8:09 pm

molittle69 - LOL.... you didn't consider the gourmet raisins?? The ones that they didn't use off of the grapevines in the vinyards??? Hmmm....


rm_molittle69 47M
117 posts
9/22/2005 8:27 pm

about risk.... i once baked oatmeal raisin cookies without a recipe and didin't even consider the type of raisin in which to use.

rm_txrose4uNTX 58F
3289 posts
9/19/2005 12:16 pm

womenlooking4fun - IF I ever see him there, I will certainly do that!!! Hmmm... I have never thought about getting a frog tatoo; however, maybe I should - in search of.... LOL....

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