R I S K

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another
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 the risk must be taken,
Because the greatest hazard in life
Is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing,
Does nothing,
Is nothing.
She may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But she simply cannot learn,
Feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by her certitudes,
She is a slave.
She has forfeited freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.

Anonymous Author.


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