I sometimes wish I were a "wordsmith" - someone who could say in a few beautiful words what my heart would like to say and describe. (I just know someone will write and tell me the word should be "was" and not "were"!)
Reading a wonderful new book the other day, "Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill" by Gervase Phinn, I came across this paragraph:
"Life is full of risks. If you laugh, you risk being thought silly; if you weep, you risk appearing mawkish; if you ask a question, you risk sounding foolish; if you show your feelings, you risk revealing your true self; if you try, you risk failure; if you tell someone you love them, you risk not being loved back. But the risk is worth taking, because the person who risks nothing has a pretty tedious life."
This almost says it all. Reading it makes you realise that you're not the only one who has taken these risks - in fact some readers will have taken them all!
Being human brings with it a level of uncertainty in all manner of situations and circumstances. Not taking risks seems to me to be rather unwise, for that person never really lives. Especially having taken the risk and come through the other side a stronger and better person.
* If you want a book that will delight you, will bring memories of your childhood, and will make you laugh until you roll around the floor, then you must read the books by Gervase Phinn. Enquire from my friend Meryll at Rainy Day Books and she'll put you in the right direction. www.rainydaybooksofthebasin.blogspot.com