Risk taking is free

I found this poem by Christina Henry and I think  we  can relate to some parts of this poem, if not all:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to appear sentimental
To reach out for another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing yourself
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd
is to risk their loss

To love is to risk not being loved in return
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure.
But the greater hazard in life is to risk nothing,
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they simply cannot
learn, feel, change, grow or love
chained by certitudes, they are slaves
who have forfeited freedom.

Only a person who risks is Free.

p/s: For my dear students, I would like you to take “risks” and participate more in class.  There is a lot of psychology in there you know! Happy risk- taking. Err…writing in a blog is also risky…well, at least to me. I am learning too.

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