Risks are the pain and joy of life
As we go through life we are presented with many opportunities to make decisions. Taking the time to evaluate those decisions is prudent and wise. Being scared to make a decision is natural, but often keeps us from enjoying the fruits of what that decision may bring us. A quote that I heard by Sherry Lansing who was the first female to head a movie studio got me to thinking. She said, “If you take risks, you are going to be wrong as much as you are right. That’s the pain of life and the joy of life.”
How boring life would be without risk. Never venturing beyond the edge of our comfort zone often leads to a life that is mundane and without excitement. Taking a risk that winds up being a mistake often provides us with the stepping stones and strength that we need to get to something even better. The pain of having gone through the experience proved to have value even though it may be not have brought us joy in the moment.
People have built fortunes on calculated risks and that amount of risk isn’t necessarily for everyone. It often takes risk to be able to reap rewards, but not everyone has the stamina that it takes to ride the highs and the lows that come with the effort. However, a life without pain or joy is hardly a life full of value. Experiencing those moments of good and bad are at the very core of what life is all about.
If we are willing to put ourselves out there and take a chance, we have to do it knowing that failure is always a possibility. It is often the chance of failure that gives us the drive that we ultimately need to see that failure doesn’t materialize . When it doesn’t we experience the joy of success and that provides the fuel that we need to take on the next risk with a little more confidence.
Throughout my life I have taken many risks and chances. Some have paid off, some have failed miserably. However, at the end of the day I can look back and say I lived. With all the twists and turns that have taken place over my 56 years, I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. In one of my recent messages I talked about getting to the end of life and not wanting to say I wish I did or I wish I had. If you are willing to take take healthy risk to make your life what you want it to be, then those words won’t even be an option. The words will more likely be, I’m glad I did.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.
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