RISK TAKING IS FREE
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out for another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas, your dreams
before the crowd is to risk a loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure,
But risk must be taken, because the greatest
hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing, and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he
simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow,
Chained to his certitudes, he is a slave,
he has forfeited freedom.
Only a person who risks ..... is free