I was remembering my father earlier today. My dad would try anything-carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, auto repair, etc., and it was from watching him that I first learned the lesson that I still apply to my life today-No matter how difficult a task may seem, if you are not afraid to try it, you can do it.
And when you are done, it will leak!
I became the King of Leaks this way, because I know that there is something to be said for taking a risk and going for it-I am convinced that one of the great necessities for life is courage.
I am sure almost all of us have heard it said "Nothing ventured, nothing gained". But the motto of some of us is more like "Nothing ventured, nothing lost." How often are we afraid to try or do something new or to go in a new direction that we have never ventured beyond the familiar? "Better to be safe than to be sorry" has trapped too many people in the cocoon of their comfort zones.
What would you be doing today if you had more courage yesterday? Where would you be tomorrow if you were to decide to take a risk today?
Perhaps we should start a new society. We could call it the "Dependent Order of Really Meek and Timid Souls", and when you make an acrostic of the first letters of its name, you would have......that's right! The DOORMATS! The Doormats could have an official insignia-a yellow caution light. Their official motto might read "The meek shall inherit the Earth.....if that's OK with everybody?"
Fear. Can you think of anything so crippling to the human spirit as fear? How might things be different if we acted with just a little more courage? After all, who does not feel fear? But the truth is that courage is not fearlessness! Courage is being afraid and making the decision to act anyway.
The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said it thusly: "Do not be too timid or squeamish in your actions. All of Life is an experiment, and the more of experiments you make, the better."
In addition, It should be also pointed out that boldness is not the same as carelessness. And I have made PLENTY of mistakes in my life! But I can tell you this-my bitterest memories are of those times in which I was afraid to act. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like had I been a little less bold, a little less daring. Certainly, I would not be in the physical wreck of a body that I inhabit now. Nor would I have the issues with PTSD and whatnot that I have currently. No nightmares, no issues with society or authority, no this, no that.
I will make no changes in this half of my life. If I should err, let it be on the side of boldness! And if I should overstep, then I can at least rest assured that I never squandered whatever gifts I may have been given because I was afraid to venture out into the unknown.
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