Risky Business…

My entire body was shaking as I sat there with my legs dangling over the edge. The view surrounding was vast and beautiful. Although, I was clearly not in a space of appreciation as I was consumed with fear sitting there on my perch some 50 feet in the air.

While there was much exuberant encouragement from what appeared to be the very distant ground below it was the gentle comforting voice from behind me that I was trying to stay focused on. “Take you’re time Brian. You get to choose if or when you’re ready.” And with that I said to myself, “Let’s do this” and I scooted off the ledge, dropped 20 feet and then shot like a rocket on the zip line.

I am not an adrenaline junky. However, I have done a number of things that have a significant amount of risk: skied off a cliff, road my mountain bike down a steep narrow trail, jumped off a steep rock into the ocean. Yet all of these endeavors pale in comparison to the times I have had to stand in front of a contrarian crowd and be clear about about my convictions.

I find there’s words from Dawna Markova particularly inspiring about living a non-risk aversive life. “I will not die and unlived life. I will not go in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days. To allow my living to open to me. To make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes my wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance: To live. So that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit” – Dawna Markova

Fear has it’s place, but in my experience it is more times than not the great inhibitor of growth. Conversely when we are willing to take a risk it often opens up possibilities, including those which will change our life forever. I am greafrul for those who nudged me to take a risk and certainly those who have taken a risk on me.

May God give you grace never to sell yourself short; grace to risk something big for something good; grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love. – William Sloane Coffin

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