Widgets Passionate Colors Newsletter ~  #46 ~ Risk Celebrate Life!

"Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk." ~ Shirley Hufstedler

Congratulations and Celebrations

I love this quote by Shirley Hufstedler, secretary of Education with the Jimmy Carter Administration. She has had a life-long commitment to justice and the law. "If you play it safe in life you've decided that you don't want to grow any more," she said.

Risk. Life is full of it. We are all at risk of something—the food we eat, the air we breathe, what we do, what we do not do. Risk is a part of life.

What are you willing to risk to get what you need to be happy?

As boxer and risk-taker Muhammad Ali once observed, "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

"He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne." ~ Russian Proverb

Danger Ahead

According to The Book of Risks by Larry Laudan, statistics show that each year, the average American has a 1 in 12 chance of having an auto accident; a 1 in 81 chance of being seriously injured at home; and a 1 in 115 chance of dying.

Lifetime risks include 1 in 3 that you will die from heart disease; 1 in 5 from cancer; 1 in 14 from a stroke.

There’s no way to control most of the inherent risks in life. According to Laudan, a professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii, risk-reduction mechanisms just redistribute rather than reduce risks.

"Don't fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire." ~ George S. Patton

It’s all about perception. Even in these turbulent times, riding an airplane is still safer, statistically, than driving in a car. Yet we still fret about flying and carelessly speed down the freeway munching on fries with a cell phone pressed against our ear.

Auwe! (Hawaiian for ouch!)

Passion & booksI think, if you gotta risk something, sometimes, ignorance really is bliss.
Go for it, what do you have to lose?