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Taking a Risk

imagesIf we’re certain about something before we take a risk, then are we really taking a risk?┬áRisks tend to get taken when an element of the unknown exists or when we believe we’ve ‘nothing to lose’. We appear willing to throw caution to the wind in some way because it’s an option that hasn’t been tried as yet.

To risk ourselves we must want something very much. We must also have the courage to commit ourselves to that which we want so that in the face of difficulty, in the face of possible disappointment, we will go forward anyhow.

Commitment of the heart is the basis for risk, a commitment to something we believe in – to an ideal, a way of life, a person whom we love. Even though there are other motives that propel people into taking risks, commitment of the heart is the one that partakes of the spiritual because it bases risk-taking on what we value and on what we love.

A life of indifference, cynicism, or withdrawal will not produce risk-taking. In order to risk something, we must believe in something. We must be committed to it, whether it is a person, an idea, or God himself. To risk something large, our level of commitment must be equally large so that what drives us forward is nothing other than love itself.

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