Posts Tagged ‘guarantees’

Risking–Is What You Want Worth It?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I was visiting with a friend yesterday.

She is in the middle of some life transitions and asked me for some advice.

She feels like I’ve been through a few of my own so decided to run some ideas by me. She’s the first to admit that she’s risk averse so change is never going to be taken lightly by her especially when risk is involved.

I let her know I thought it was a little surprising she would ask for my advice because I do take risks.

But I also let her know that risk doesn’t come easy for me. In fact taking risks scares me a lot! I consider myself a scaredy cat when it comes to risk taking but usually go ahead and do whatever it is anyway. I don’t throw caution to the wind and just go for it–I do my research but in the end I usually feel I’m best off if I go forward with my plan.

There is never 100% assurance that taking the plunge will be right but as opportunities open up I think it’s up to each of us to evaluate the ones put before us and take a chance with those that seem promising.

However there is a catch.

If we take a risk we’ve got to be prepared for a negative or positive outcome. There are no guarantees.

So by the end of our visit she seemed to feel pretty good about her plan. She has to save some money to make it happen but within six months feels she’ll be able to take the next step.

How do  you feel about risk?

Is what you want worth the risk?




Brace Yourself–Life Is Difficult

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

I had the opportunity to watch a gem of a movie–The Beaver. You may want to check it out.

In the movie the main character suffers from depression. He doesn’t want to live and tries to hang himself but isn’t successful. His challenge is to engage himself in his own life, to embrace the life he has  so that ultimately he wants to live.

Life is full of challenges. There are times when we interpret these challenges to be frustrations or road blocks keeping us from living the life we want. Attitude plays a role–if we believe challenges can’t be overcome we will retreat and blame circumstances for our inability to take action.

Sometimes we want to meet a new challenge but don’t know what to do. We’ve got options but there is uncertainty tied to each one and the fear of making the wrong choice keeps us from moving forward.

At other times, as with the character in The Beaver, we give up. Life takes too much effort and despite all the positives we’ve got going don’t feel up to putting out any effort at all. If this is the case it will take more than our own effort to clear the way. Help is needed–family friends and often professional to get us back on track.

For all of us,  life is difficult. There will always be challenges and obstacles and even boredom to overcome. If you or someone you know has a zest for life and faces each day as an opportunity, you/they work on it. Facing life head on with a positive attitude is hard work but worth it.

The challenges put before us are there because that is the way life is. There are no guarantees. Living a full life with rich experiences requires taking risks.

I’d rather live life by risking  based on my best judgement than standing still and wishing I would have tried.

Life is difficult; that’s a given. How you choose to manage those difficulties is in your hands.