We may not all jump off buildings, or walk into fires, but we all face “devils.” For some that means talking to strangers, asking forgiveness, or just getting out of bed in the morning. As a writer, I hike up my courage every time I sit down at the keyboard. Because the biggest risk, the biggest dare, is facing our fears and shortcomings, it’s standing up to the devil called Us.
(Note: This post wasn’t originally intended to coincide with Friday the 13th, or with the rapidly increasing alarm over coronavirus, but oddly enough, I think it applies. May we never let our fears keep us from compassionate acts or doing what is right.)
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“I’ve seen so much and lived it all. I wanted to bite the earth and taste it. It is both bitter and sweet, and if I had my time to live over again, I wouldn’t change a damn thing.” ~Julie and Marcus McSorley
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~Helen Keller
“Everything is a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.” ~Nicola Yoon
“If you take a risk and it doesn’t go as planned, welcome to the club.” ~Fran Hauser
“Putting our art out there is one of the biggest risks we can take. It’s a special kind of vulnerability. It takes guts to be an artist.” ~Teresa R. Funke
“In my opinion half the people who spend their lives avoiding being run over by buses had much better be run over and put safely out of the way.” ~Agatha Christie
“The greatest treasures are found in the most remote and inaccessible places where we must pursue them with great energy and even greater risk. It’s the same with our lives.” ~Craig D. Lounsbrough