Mostly. Not virtually. Actually. Compared to pioneer risk, third-world risk, disease risk, infant mortality risk, choking our arteries with fast-food risk, political risk and economic risk, we live low-risk, miniscule risk lives.
Sure, old-age risk, cancer risk, car-crash risk. Aren’t those equivalent to asteroid-crash risk, apocalypse risk, leprosy risk? We risk more entering rooms where once there might have been a banana peel, or peanut.
Or when we cross streets.
Opposite of risk, is opportunity. I have lots. Here, take some of mine …
Neither constrained nor time restricted. Not hemmed in by inability to see, to seize, to realize, to exploit.
Life, best lottery – new tickets every day – unlimited prizes, everyone is a winner. Jackpots, everywhere. Not everybody wins every day. Losers fall into two groups, those who don’t wake up – and those who are awake but who don’t see each day as glorious opportunity-feast.
Best, morning. Best ones, we taste. Delicious. Drunk-in like strong coffee. Sizzles like hot women. Chills, thrills. Elusive? Not lurking. Every day occurrences, don’t knock or ring doorbells, knock down barriers or leap tall buildings.
Not just any, this here, now, this one. For you, a whole day full. Don’t waste them all just because tomorrow will bring another load. True, you can’t chase them all.
But if you don’t chase any …
We have many things to fear. Most, far less risky than things we do without risk thoughts – crossing a street, driving our car.
Opportunity, not to be feared, but rather embraced as elixir of life. Not so we live forever, but to live with the joy we deserve.
P.S.: gaudium meremur – Latin for, the joy we deserve
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -4C/25F, clear, light breeze – all the ingredients of spring are here – grimy dusty everywhere, snow abated, rabbits wearing white coats still (checking with their fashion advisors no doubt), wary of hawks with an eye for white lunches …
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