To Risk or Not to Risk?

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Have you ever taken a risk?  I was recently talking to a friend who began seeing someone who was not her “ideal” man.   She abandoned all of her “criteria” and is enjoying her time with this person.  She took a risk.

Risks come in all different forms from dating someone new, to quitting your job to follow your dreams to cutting your hair after having it long all your life to growing facial hair because beards are “in”.  For some, a risk maybe wearing color instead of their normal black.  For others it may be telling someone “I love you”.

No matter what the risk, big or small, they are important for our growth.  It is like the saying, “Nothing ventured nothing gained”.  How do you know what your favorite ice cream is, if you haven’t tried several flavors?  How do you know you won’t like flying, if you have never flown?  How do you know the person looking at you across the room is not the one for you, if you never say “hello”?

That’s just it, you don’t know.  Risks are a good thing.  Yes, sometimes we take a risk and it doesn’t turn out how we hoped it would.  But that’s the beauty of it…you are growing…you’re learning.  Is it better to risk and fall a little short?  Or not to risk and live with the “what ifs” the rest of you life?

We only pass this way once.  Don’t live your life cautiously…live it fully!  Take a risk.  Run in the rain without an umbrella.  Wear the printed shirt…with flowers on it!  Tell that special person you love them.  Do what you are passionate about no matter what people think!

Life is full of risks…go out and grab one!

Words Have Power

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Have you ever been excited and nervous at the same time?  Kinda like being pregnant or for guys asking someone to marry you…or your first job?   Well, that is what it feels like for me writing this.  I am excited about the possibility of starting something new and sharing my thoughts.  But  nervous about putting myself out there.  Can you relate to that?  I hope you can.

So here it goes.  I’d like to share a little lesson that I learned that has been helpful in my life – words have power.  Now you might say, yeah OK… that’s it.  What kinda lesson is that?   Well, I find that the most simplistic words have the most significant meaning.  I am sure you have heard someone say “Hindsight is 20/20″.  That saying has an infinite amount of insight behind it.  I won’t go into all the possibilities but you know what I mean.

Ask anyone who has ever been bullied, or been told “No” or has been told “You’re worthless” if words have power.  Ask anyone who has been told  “You are cured” or “You are my hero” or “I love you” if words have power.  If you constantly hear the same words long enough, you start to believe them.

Don’t let someone else define you by words.  You are dynamic, you are awesome and there is nobody like you!  Use your words wisely and speak things into being that are positive.  Once you realize the power that you have, the influence you have just by speaking…you will think twice about what you say.

Once I learn a lesson I make a note to myself so that it becomes a part of me.  I challenge you to use your words to lift someone up, to encourage and to inspire.  We all have power… it’s what we do with it that makes us who we are.