Growth is the Reward of Risks

“This one is not original. I saw it on a teacher’s bulletin board yesterday. When I read it, I decided that it belonged on my blog.To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.To reach out for another is to risk involvement.To expose your feelings is to risk rejection.To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk being laughed at.To love is to risk not being loved in return.To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk possible 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. He or she may avoid the suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or love. Chained by their fears, they are a slave. They have taken away their own freedoms. Only people who believe in themselves are capable of taking risks that will allow them to live the life they truly believe is within their grasp. Strive for success, but also accept that defeat may come your way sometimes. Learn from your mistakes to help you to be a more complete person. Trust in yourself and in those you care about to make each day a happy one. No matter what the situation is, people who are in control of their feelings and use good judgment will have the peace of mind knowing that they have done everything within their power to control their own destiny. If one frowns all of the time, one will see only the negative things in life. Smile and the rest of the world will smile back at you!Keep this poem and read each line slowly to yourself when you are feeling uncertain about some aspect in your life and try to think about what it is that will make your heart and soul feel happy, not just in the immediate time, but in the long years to come. If you fear the future, you are no different than anyone else, but if you attack that fear and decide that it will NOT beat you, you will have a greater chance to be in control. I wish you happiness in the future. Keep smiling!I read this and was inspired. I hope you are, too.”