not the board game

is it worth it, let me work it
i put my thing down, flip it and reverse it

ok, but seriously…

only a person who risks is free
author unknown

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 despair.
to try 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, feel, change,
grow, love, live.

chained by their attitudes they are slaves;
they have forfeited their freedom.
only a person who risks is free.

~ from page 147 of the book addiction by prescription
by joan gadsby ~


3 thoughts on “not the board game

  1. is there a limit to the risk taking? what if you have already taken a certain risk, perhaps even multiple times, and the opportunity presents itself again? do you take the risk again? when does that become insanity? (just a thought 😉 )

  2. oh shady…

    there seems to be a few recurring ideas floating around in my head these days:
    1.) limits. as in, what are the limits to our expressions of suffering, as asher lev illuminated? and as you say, what are the limits to risk-taking?

    2.) restlessness. am i drawn to risk-taking out of my present sense of restlessness?

    3.) insanity. AM i as crazy as i feel?

    i have no answer for any of these questions. thank you for your thoughts!!

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