Giving is a risk. Loving is a risk. Kindness is a risk. All demand that we drop our defenses; all allow the recipients of these gifts the opportunity to hurt us.
ETA: Coming back after a long walk, I can see how someone might misinterpret this post. Here's the part I left off...
All these things have risks, but it doesn't mean it's not worth it! You would never get anywhere if you didn't accept the risks.
And a favorite quote of mine (I don't know where it's from):
To be is to be vulnerable.
I kind of read this as the inverse. If you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you are allowing yourself to truly BE.
Apparently investing is a risk as well.
WHO'D A THUNK IT!!!!!!!!!1111111
Anne, I think your post is dead on, but I'm sorry, I had to laugh at Max. That was the perfect comment.
I like reading the Dali Lama for thoughts like that.
Sometimes a sentence or two is more thought provoking than an essay.
Here's one for you:
Always keep a song in your heart
it's like karaoke for the voices in your head.
Oooh, good suggestion, Michelle. I have a little volume by the Dali Lama called "The Power of Compassion" that I got while I was in India. I might do a little reading in that to find some good food for thought.
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