Taking Risks

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin

I am often amazed at my ability to buy into the illusion of permanence. Yesterday I took a risk. Only time will tell if it was wise or foolish.

What I am interested in is the feeling of insecurity it produced. I definitely like the feeling of security, whether financial or relational.

Even though I know that security is an illusion, the mirage is still there. A steady job, a strong relationship are both illusions. Knowing that does not destroy the illusion.

Maybe part of enlightenment is destroying the illusion of permanence and reliability. Until that time, the best I can do is recognize the illusion.

Recognizing the illusion has the benefit of helping me take risks. Calculated risks, yes, but risks nonetheless.

In order to move forward, you sometimes have to burn bridges. I don’t recommend doing it, but sometimes you have no choice.

I often think of a lyric I once heard, “Lady Luck favors the bold.” I think there is some truth in that, provided we don’t confuse boldness for rashness.

So here I go on the next stage of my life’s adventure.

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is a philosopher and IT professional. He is an ordained Humanist minister, a Certified Meditation Teacher, and a decade-long Linux user.