~*~ Risks ~*~

by Unknown

To laugh
is to risk
appearing a fool.
To weep
is to risk
appearing sentimental.
To reach out
to another
is to risk involvement.
To expose
your feelings
is to risk rejection.
To place
your dreams before the crowd
is to risk ridicule.
To love
is to risk
not being loved in return.
To go forward
in the face of overwhelming odds
is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken
the greatest risk of all
is to risk nothing.
The person who risks
does nothing,
has nothing,
and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering
and sorrow,
but he cannot learn,
he cannot feel,
he cannot change,
he cannot grow,
and he cannot love.
Chained by his certitudes
he is a slave.
Only the person
who risks
is truly free.