Would you rather be safe and secure or take a risk and possibly be happy? This theme, taking the safe route or making a risky choice has come to me three times this week. When I saw it the third time, I started laughing and said to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding!”
Believe it or not, this life dilemma came to me first in a fortune cookie. After wielding my chop sticks and enjoying my favorite shrimp and vegetables, I pulled the paper strip from the hollow treat. There appeared a bit of wisdom. The gist was that being practical and wise may make your life more safe and secure, but your life may not be a happy one. I left the piece of paper on the side table where I would see it every day.
I thought of my own life and all the risks I have taken. Some resulted in meeting new people, going to far away places, and learning something new. You might say that taking risks contributed to my happiness.
The second “sign” was a comment by the comedian Chris Rock. He was bemoaning some public pressure for comedians to take the safe route about what they say, for fear of potentially harmful social media attacks. He said that when a comedian is careful, the risk is a boring show. The audience laughs when something is funny. When a comedian plays it too close to the vest, the result can be silence, not laughter.
Last night, I watched the final episode of Last Man Standing on television. After a 10-year run, the series came to an end, much to the chagrin of Tim Allen and other cast members. The story line brought a lot of cast members together regarding the positives and negatives of camping and I enjoyed the bit about why Kyle wanted to be a minister. Using the loss of the old green truck as a symbol of the end of the show was clever. For all the cast and crew, it is now time to move on to the risky business of an uncertain future.
Is there a risk that you have been resisting taking because it is not the safe path? What if you took a chance and you were happier?