To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental,
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self,
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss,
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
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 cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
                                                                —William Arthur Ward

Be a Happy Dreamer

Here is one of Karen Salmansohn’s ingenious posters (one of my favs).

Dream big, think happy thoughts, and enjoy!


graphic credit: Notsalmon

Life Perceptions

Over the years, I have heard many people give their view of how they perceive life, or how life is to them. Most could be classified as one of three:

  1. Life is easy, just do your thing the way you want to do it.
  2. Life is difficult, there are so many rules and protocols.
  3. Life is an enigma, I’m clueless.

At times, I must admit, I have bounced from one to another. How about you? Can you succinctly state how you perceive life?

Here’s what Sai Baba of Shirdi had to say about it. His philosophy seems quite challenging, yet simple at the same time. Isn’t this true for much of life? Often life processes, when broken down, are quite simple …though not at all easy to accomplish. Maybe this will help.

Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a sacrifice, offer it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
………………….Sai Baba of Shirdi