GIVE: Activating Spirit – The Dilemma: To Risk or Not to Risk

GIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Dr. Pennie Murray

The Dilemma: To Risk or Not to Risk

© 2010 Pennie Murray

January 26, 2010


“To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To expose one’s feelings is to risk rejection. To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridiculeTo go forward in the face of overwhelming odds 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 and is nothing. He may avoid sufferings and sorrows, but cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or loveHe has forfeited his freedom. Only a person who takes risks is free.” ~Leo Buscalia

Life will always present to us situations requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives (i.e., leave that job you hate and start your own business, or stay at the job you hate and continue to experience the deterioration of your emotional, mental and spiritual health). The dilemma will never go away, so this New Year, choose by the spirit.

Leave a comment to share your dilemma or ways we can choose from a place of love instead of fear. I’d love to hear from you!

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One Response

  1. Thank you for the quote and your words. I think love is the ultimate risk because it has the potential to serve as a catalyst on so man levels. Sadly, that is the risk that most people forego the most, which ends up impacting all the other “smaller” risks as well.

    Someone once asked me, “Can you develop your full potential without sacrificing? Whatever those sacrifices might mean, involving whoever?” His point being that sometimes we can’t take the risks we want because of what we “owe” to others. This here is more on point:

    In the end, I am learning, let’s just slowly but purposefully, stop doing what we “have to do” so we can give our all to what we want to do.

    Thank you.

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