Risk is everywhere.
All I have to do is turn on the news to be reminded of that.
I think it’s easy to go about our day-to-day lives and forget that bad things can happen – until suddenly they do.
Speeding down the highway. Smoking cigarettes (or anything else). Driving after one too many drinks. All of these are examples of risky behavior. Could you do it and be fine? Maybe. But each of these behaviors carries an element of risk of harm to yourself and others.
The sad truth is that risky behavior sometimes ends in tragedies – some worse than others.
And sometimes, we don’t even realize how much risk we’re taking until something unexpected happens that changes how we think about what we’re doing.
The truth is, whatever you do in this life carries a degree of risk.
But there’s another side to this coin.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”
That’s true. I get up in the morning and work hard because I believe and hope that I can make a difference in the world. I take risks, just like you do – and that’s okay.