Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Are You A Risk Taker?

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If you’re not, you should be!

Helen Keller famously said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. We should not talk ourselves out of experiencing everything it has to offer. Whether in reference to business or your personal life, we should all be willing to take risks.

I have told this story in one of my other blogs, but I did not learn to swim until I was an adult. The reason? Because my father was afraid for me to be around water. He was afraid I would drown. I grew up loving the water, but being afraid of it.

When I became an adult, I decided to take swimming lessons at my local YMCA. I took lessons until I could swim with confidence. I have made sure that my children all learned to swim at an early age. I want them to love the water and respect it, but not be afraid of it.

When I moved to California in my twenties, I wanted to take up boogie boarding and I did! I was nervous at first, especially since I was usually surrounded by surfers who were far more experienced than I was. However, I did it anyway. I well remember one Saturday sitting out in the water and looking at about 20 surfers nearby, thinking, “What if one of them hits me with one of those long boards? What if I drown and no one sees me?” I must have had those questions written all over my face, because one of the surfers paddled over to me and said, “Don’t worry darlin’, we all know you’re out here. We’re not going to let anything happen to you.”

From that point on, I wasn’t worried anymore and I went boogie boarding every weekend. If I lived near the ocean where it was warm all the time, I probably would still be doing it.

But what if I had never learned to swim? What if I had never bought myself a boogie board and learned how? I would have never felt the rush of excitement as you catch a wave and ride it in. I would have missed out on one of my happiest memories.

No matter what it is that you are afraid is going to happen, the odds are that it won’t. I am a Christian and the Bible tells us that our days here on earth are numbered and that our Father in heaven knows the exact time and circumstance when we will leave. “Man’s days are determined; you (God) have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:5).

Don’t live your life afraid of what might happen. Live your life with enthusiasm, expectation and hope!

I will close this blog post with this poem that appeared in Ann Landers:

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 feelings is to risk rejection.
To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk 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 may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or love.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.
Only a person who takes risks is free.

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