takes a lot of faith in life to put aside the search for
security. It also takes a realization that security
is by and large a myth--how many people have thought they
were "safe" only to find out that they were
mistaken? Most people think in terms of financial
security, but how many people have lost their jobs or
their life savings due to a downturn in the economy?
are many opportunities in life, but most of the very good
ones demand a good deal of risk on our parts. Not
all risks turn out what we would call well, of course, but
who's to say that the learning we do even in
"failure" isn't one of the most important
aspects of our lives?
want to be safe, and we want our families and loved ones
to be safe, too. The only problem is that this
desire for safety doesn't have a whole lot of grounding in
reality, which treats us all pretty much the same--and can
strike down the most carefully crafted security system
that we can come up with.
what do we do when opportunity comes knocking, but has on
it a price tag that says "risk"? Are we
backing away from life if we stick with our secure status
quo, or are we simply taking care of ourselves. And
even more importantly, where will we be in five or ten
years if we continually back away from life in an effort
to stay safe--just where will that "safety" take
us? This could be one of the most important
questions that any of us ever consider.