Well, we ALL want glory, right? …
Not really … most folks are probably more interested in stability, safety, enough to meet our needs and some of our wants, and to be known to those who we care about.
If you are one of those many, you may think this post and that quotation have little to offer you. I beg to differ …
As we go through life, most of us are confronted by a series of firsts: First overnight away from Mom and Dad, first airplane trip, first date, first kiss, first day of high school … and so on and so on throughout our lives. First job interview, first job, first promotion, first challenge at work, first job loss, first time to buy a car, rent a house, buy a house, have a child, adopt a child, watch a child leave, lose a close friend or a loved one.
Every first includes some element of risk that we might not succeed or manage the moment.
Whether we desire risk in our lives or not is immaterial, because risk is already present and very prominent. Risk is part of what makes life interesting and sometimes very exciting. We risk every morning when we open our eyes, take a deep breath, and move.
Some people seem wired to handle large levels of risk on a daily basis. We read about lives lived on the edge physically, emotionally, financially, politically, and in other ways … and we marvel at how composed these others seem while enduring uncertainty that might bring us to tears.
The quotation suggests that a win should include an element of risk, but I believe that the risk is already there, either in stark delineation or in vague clouds. Sometimes we know exactly what we are putting on the line when we take an action, and other times we act without really knowing what we risk.
So why do we risk losing something? Because we see the possibility of gaining something better.
Review the list of “Firsts” I mentioned earlier, add any meaningful to you that I forgot to include, and consider the potential rewards each situation offers.
Does this mean we always get something better when we risk? Nope … sometimes we fail, sometimes in epic measure. However, as many wise people have said, in one way or another, “If you don’t try, you have no chance of winning.”
Question for this sunny Tuesday morning:
WHAT ARE YOU RISKING RIGHT NOW?
WHAT ARE YOU HOLDING BACK FROM RIGHT NOW?
WHAT WOULD HELP YOU TAKE THAT UNTAKEN RISK?
Trying to be as brave as I am telling you to be in The Heartland ….