Thursday, January 13, 2011


to laugh is to risk appearing the fool
to weep is to risk appearing sentimental
to reach out for another is to risk involvement
to expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self
to place your ideas, your dreams,
          before a crowd is to risk their loss
to love is to risk not being loved in return
to live is to risk dying
to hope is to risk despair
to try is to risk failure

but risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life
            is to risk nothing
persons who risk nothing do nothing, have nothing,
and are nothing
they may avoid suffering and sorrow
            but they cannot learn, feel, change and grow, love,
or live
chained by their attitude, they are slaves,
            for they have forfeited their freedom

Only a person who risks is free.

taken from : Onward Effective Teachers
                   by Harry K. Wong
                   of Harry K. Wong Publications

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