Thursday, November 08, 2007

Risking It All

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach for another is to risk involvement.

To expose 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 believe is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The people who risk nothing, do nothing have nothing are nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn,

Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves;
they have forfeited their freedom.


Only a person who risks is free.



Trivia Question No. 2:
What year did the Pilgrims have their first Thanksgiving Feast?
  • 1619
  • 1620
  • 1621
  • 1935


Here's one guy's take on November:
The body is like a November birch facing the full moon
And reaching into the cold heavens.
In these trees there is no ambition, no sodden body, no leaves,
Nothing but bare trunks climbing like cold fire!

A tree at spring, before the coming of leaves



My last walk in the trees has come. At dawn

I must return to the trapped fields,
To the obedient earth.
The trees shall be reaching all the winter.

It is a joy to walk in the bare woods.
The moonlight is not broken by the heavy leaves.
The leaves are down, and touching the soaked earth,
Giving off the odors that partridges love.

- Robert Bly, Solitude Late at Night in the Woods



blessings on your risk-taking life . . .

7 comments:

Belinda said...

1621 was the first Thanksgiving feast.

Daniel & Regina said...

Their first thanksgiving was in 1621.

Caroline said...

Good answers, guys . . . oops! gals!
I'll mark 'em down. & D&R, don't forget to check out yesterday's question & post your answer.

Caroline said...

Great big OOOPS from me. Just now saw your answer for yesterday's question, D&R . . . sorry about that.

Arlene said...

First Thanksgiving 1621

Sharen said...

1961

brownhair391 said...

I was just looking around on google and I stumbled upon this blog, I read the "Risking it all" that's from Dr. Leo Buscalia (Ph.D) Isn't it?

From his book Living, Loving, & Learning on pages 263-264


"To love is to risk not being loved in return." And that's all right too. You love to love, not to get something back, or it isn't love.
"To hope is to risk pain." And, "To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, or love. Chained by his centitudes or his addictions, he's a slave. He has forefeited his greatest trait, and that is his individual freedom. Only the person who risks is free."
To keep you hidden, to lose you because of self-defeating ideas is to die, Don't let that happen. Your greatest responsibility is to become everything that you are, not only for your benefit, but for mine.