Tall Matt's Travels

Risk
Matt - Sun Jun 17, 2007 @ 06:55AM
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I'm humbled every time I get an email from someone who has somehow recieved a link to the site and have taken the time to write me about thier thoughts and feelings on what I'm doing and what they want to do.

A while back, a good friend of mine from Texas was so inclined. After some soul searching and talking with friends and family, she is in the middle of dropping her job, selling her house, buying an RV and traveling the 50 states. I love it.

I've another friend who is contemplating a large decision involving a completely new venture which would involve significant financial risk and a potential for the disruption of extended family relationships. However, the payoff would be the realization of a long standing dream, the partnership with other relatives, and the  rebirth of a family legacy.

Of course there is a little trepidation to taking that first step. It's a lot more comfortable to stay put and keep your head down. There are more unknowns than knowns in trying something you've never done before, and that's scary. I sent them this quote, which I found when "The Trip" was just a spark in my mind (well, enough of a spark to make the practical side of me try to talk myself out of it). I think it helped them a little. Perhaps it will speak to you as well.

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To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk to failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails.

-William Arthur Ward, "To Risk"

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1. CKW   |   Thu Aug 02, 2007 @ 07:51AM

Matt,
I'm finally getting caught up on your blogs - the month of July completely escaped me because I am following my dream. Your quote and your trip so motivated me that I moved forward. Will e-mail you the details in a few days as to not bore everyone who reads your post. It sounds like you are truly experiencing life and taking the risks - God Bless you my dear friend!

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