Risky Business

Photo taken in Ireland last summer

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

- Anais Nin

It’s safe in that bud. It’s cozy in that bud. Bees won’t bug you when you’re in that bud. On the other hand, you don’t have anything to offer those bees when you’re in that bud. I like staying safe. I like staying comfortable. This way, I can’t get hurt, I don’t risk losing something, I won’t fail, and I don’t risk looking like a fool in front of everyone. But what am I missing out on? Perhaps I’m missing out on success. Perhaps I’m missing out on love. Perhaps I’m missing out on enjoyment, fulfillment, and happiness. Perhaps others are missing out on what I might be able give. Fear holds us back from experiencing life. So what does it take to blossom? I guess Anais said it perfectly: The day comes with it just gets too painful to continue living a life of fear. So let’s ask ourselves, what am I going to do today to blossom?
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2 thoughts on “Risky Business

  1. A transforming moment in my life was when a wise friend told me that fear is not of God. (2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity ((often translated as fear)), but of power and love and discipline.) I, like you, crave safety and do not always want to step out of my comfort zones. When I am making decisions and fear is stopping me from doing something I try to recall this thought and remember that God has not given me a spirit of fear.

    • So true! Thank you for sharing :) Fear will always be lurking in the background as long as we are human, but sometimes trying something new or taking a leap of faith can help us gain some new perspective and as a result just laugh at fear in the face!

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