Saturday, October 3, 2009

On Risking

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
    To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
    To expose feelings is to risk exposing our true self.
    To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk 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 at all is to risk failure.
    But to risk, we must, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
    The Man, the Woman who risks nothing does nothing -- has nothing -- is nothing.