April 23, 2019
“The biggest risk a person can take is to do nothing.”
As I reflect on my past, I again realize that my life was enriched by the wide variety of experiences I have had. Few of them would have happened if I had not risked venturing into the unknown. I was often surprised that I was able to do what I did.
If I had something to offer the young people of today it would not to be afraid to take the first step. So many of us fail because we never start. Little success awaits the timed, it is those who step out who enjoy what the world offers. You’ll never know what you can do if you don’t try.
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 their 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 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 simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love….live.
Chained by his certitude’s, he is a slave;
He has forfeited 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.
“If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much.”
George, a career Army officer I once met, was jumpmaster for his unit and was taking up a few novices for a drop. The flight was pretty rough, and, after a while, George called off the jump because of high winds. As the plane headed back to base, and the pilot pulled off an unusually smooth landing, two of the neophytes got airsick.
“How come you could take that rough flight, but you couldn’t handle the smooth landing?” asked George.
“Well, Sir,” one trainee explained, “we’ve always jumped out of planes. We’ve never actually landed before.”
Something popped into my mind and left right away. Maybe it was lonely.
A little old lady gets onto a crowded bus and stands in front of a seated young girl. Holding her hand to her chest, she says to the girl, “If you knew what I have, you would give me your seat.”
The girl gets up and gives up her the seat to the old lady. It is hot. The girl then takes out a fan and starts fanning herself.
The woman looks up and says, “If you knew what I have, you would give me that fan.”
The girl gives her the fan, too. Fifteen minutes later the woman gets up and says to the bus driver, “Stop, I want to get off here.”
The bus driver tells her he has to drop her at the next corner, not in the middle of the block. With her hand across her chest, she tells the driver, “If you knew what I have, you would let me off the bus right here.”
The bus driver pulls over and opens the door to let her out. As she’s walking out of the bus, he asks, “Madam, what is it you have?”
The old woman looks at him and nonchalantly replies, “Chutzpah.”
A fool and his money rarely get together to start with.
She said: I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was, ‘the man goes on top and the woman underneath’.
For three years my husband and I slept on bunk beds.
Accomplishing the impossible means only the boss will add it to your regular duties.
A Psychology professor was giving a lecture on Bi-Polar Disorder.
“Let us establish some parameters,” said the professor. “Now then, Bennett, what is the opposite of joy?”
“Sadness,” replied Bennett.
“And the opposite of depression, Ms. Buston?”
“Elation and joy, sir.”
“And you Morris, how about the opposite of woe?”
“I believe that would be giddy up, sir.”
My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-another had printed it.
“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector.
“Yes, that was it!”
“You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at an auction for half a million dollars!”
“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther.”
True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.
“That was nice of you to set up a blind date for your ex-boyfriend.”
“I know, but I don’t hold any grudges.”
“I’m surprised he trusted you enough to agree to go out with her.”
“Well, I had to swear to him she’s Jennifer Lopez’s double.”
“Wow! Is that true?”
“I wouldn’t lie. She’s twice her weight and twice her age!”
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
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