Suffocating yourself with safety

Security is mostly a superstition.  It 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 outright exposure.  Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.  Helen Keller

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.  Andre Gide

The beginning of the adventure of finding yourself is to lose your way.   Joseph Campbell

There’s almost no comment needed after these remarkable quotes.  Most of us already know it’s impossible to live without some risk, since it’s also risky to do “nothing” in life.  We must be at least a little bit active or die–even eating runs the risk of food poisoning.  However, that doesn’t mean that taking meaningful risks is easy.

Risk requires courage, especially in the emotional realm.  And while it’s true that our past experiences ARE in the past, our feelings about them are often in the present and can pose quite a problem.  Feelings about past unhappy experiences can haunt us and prevent us from both adventure and reward.  It takes some courage to face the past and overcome.

Ask yourself this question:  Am I suffocating myself with safety, or am I keeping my “risk muscles” in good shape?

David

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