The late Dr. Leo Buscaglia, one of my personal heroes, had more emotional courage than some traditional tough guys, more emotional courage than most of us. Emotional courage is distinct and different from physical courage but just as impressive. And emotional fears can be just as paralyzing as physical ones. Risk is a common life theme easily dismissed as platitudinous… and yet, well, here’s what Buscaglia said about risk,
“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”
To risk we must have faith. It is common knowledge in the world of financial investment that those who err on the side of ultra conservative are GURANTEED to lose money as their investments will not keep pace with inflation. Likewise, the overly cautious person is sure to lose out on life’s greatest rewards. From passion comes the courage to risk and THAT is what has made all the difference in human history.
As Buscaglia implored, “Go ahead, risk!”
Only if you’re willing to jump off the ledge will you feel the ice cold splash, wash the day’s sweat and grime away then erput from the water with the adrenalin joy of life lived fully.
Whether the issue is a new job, a love relationship, stepping in the ring, financial investment or ancestral homo sapien rooted ledge jumping, risk when approached with judicious cognition, dictates quality of life.