The other day I opened a message from a daily inspirational message service to find this:
It’s no accident, Carol, that your courage often overrides your common sense.
You wanted to be programmed that way.
You also wanted it all.
Ok, so how did an automated service know me so well?
Have you ever heard the expression, fools rush in where angels fear to tread?
Yeah. That one.
I have to admit that more often than not, that fool has been me.
No sitting on the sidelines waiting for something to happen. No, that’s not who I am. I’m going to be the one who steps off the curb first and heads into the unknown. I’m the one who takes a chance. And I’m willing to deal with the consequences, too. Because we fools with an abundance of courage know there are consequences.
Of course, there’s no reason to have a daily inspirational message if you aren’t going to get something out of it. So let me break it down:
- When courage overrides common sense, it means someone’s taking a risk, stepping out.
- We decide what will happen in our lives before we our born. We choose our lessons, get programmed that way.
- The only way to have it all is to take risk. Take a chance.
All of this came to mind the other day when thinking about a few women friends who are single but want to be in a happy relationship. Some of them are in relationships that do not satisfy–they are convenient. For whatever reason. What they all have in common is that fear of taking a chance. Of stepping off the curb into the unknown.
Several friends have dipped a toe into the online dating scene and when the results weren’t immediately promising they abandoned it as proof that “it’s not for me.” And it probably wasn’t. Because online dating does require the ability to step out into the unknown. It’s not always instantly gratifying. Online daters must have some degree of courage to persevere.
So, we can sit on the sidelines in the same unsatisfying life we’ve always had.
Or we can choose to take a risk. Take a chance. We can understand that when nothing is ventured, nothing is gained.
Or, as the California lottery ads say: You can’t win if you don’t play.