Wouldn’t it be silly for someone to build a ship and then keep it tied up in the harbor? Many people could see it and think, wow, that’s one beautiful ship! Day after day it could sit there, tied to the dock, never venturing out into the water. It could stay that way forever…safe and sound…but what would be the point? The ship’s captain would never discover how well it navigated the waters; would never know it’s real capabilities; would never know to extent of its features.
And that would be a total waste of a good ship.
Aren’t we like that sometimes? Don’t we think it better to play it safe and never take a risk? After all….
If we try something new, we might fail.
If we forgive someone, we may appear weak.
If we admit our hopes and dreams, we may be disappointed.
If we take the chance on loving someone, we might get our heart broken.
If we reach out to someone else in need, we may be expected to stay involved.
Sometimes it’s just easier to tie ourselves safely to a dock and never venture into uncharted waters. But, when we pass up things with significant potential up-sides, we miss out on amazing opportunities. What we learn from our failures is sometimes more beneficial than what we gain from our successes.
However, not all risks are created equal. Some risks are just plain stupid, and we would be wise to second-guess those decisions before it’s too late. But let’s face it, life is full of risks. Pretty much everything worthwhile in life is a risk. If we don’t take them occasionally, we’re just like that beautiful ship sitting in the harbor, wasting away without any purpose in life.
The person who risks nothing, gets nothing in return.