Bev's Happy Owls


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd
is to risk being called naive.
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 risks must be taken,
because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow.
But he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live
Chained by his opinions, he is a slave;
he has forfeited his freedom.
Only the person who risks is truly free

(a poem attributed to Janet Rand)