I like the challenge of proving that I can make it through the roadblocks, over the mountains, under the fences. I usually find ways to learn the answers, worry out the secret chances. Most of my friends would probably say that I am the archetype challenge taker. I love a challenge. I have no fear of failure.
I know when things are right and worthy, even when others stand in fear of them. I understand the ground, the climate, the competition, the systems, the hidden opportunities, and the subtle differences. I see the patterns. I feel the atmosphere. I know how to commit to a mission and never fail to get folks to advise me. Challenges are motivating and inspiring where I live.
But how do I feel about risk? I wonder.
Taking a challenge and taking a risk are not the same. Are they? A challenge is all about moving forward. A risk is about not moving backward.
A risk is not defined by failure. It is underlined by cost. Risk spells out the words, I might lose something that I value. I might give up something that I can’t recover. I might find I am without something that I love. I need. I want. A risk is a defining moment. It means letting go of an attachment.
I suppose I’m bright enough to turn a risk into a challenge. Then again, I wonder.
If I only take on challenges, will I ever learn the lesson of the risk taker pushing the envelope, finding the edge of the universe, defining a personal purpose? Can I risk at 30,000 feet and still fly with a safety net?
If you never risk, you never change.
It’s knowing the risk that fits your calling, feeling the detachment that releases your spirit that shows you know where you are going.
Would a risk of that nature be a risk at all? This risky thinking is a challenge.
It’s not about failing. I rarely do that. Either way, every day is a brand new one. Maybe there is no such thing as risk when you follow your instincts, learn the answers, worry out the secret chances, know the risk that fits your calling, feel the detachment that releases your spirit, and listen carefully to your heart.
−me strauss Letting me be