Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Our Capacity To Transform.

What was the last risk you took?

The notion of risk has to do inherently with fear - of survival, of failure, of anything going wrong, of loss, of safety...

When, what I do, becomes a risk? Maybe, when - statistically - the possibilities of my desired outcome are lower? or when I simply measure it in the "likelihood of occurrence of a hazard".

On the emotional plane, I guess, in common slang I have been taking a lot of risks. But, when I've changed my attitude toward what is and might possibly be happening, when I welcome whatever might come the way it might come, then, what I possibly could have seen as a risk in the first place, becomes now a new life adventure, a new learning experience. If one thing doesn't work out.. well, then there is a another. One door closes, another open.

And even talking about physical risks, let's say, jumping out of an airplane. The risk that the parachute doesn't open, well it is there. But this is merely inherent of the act itself. By knowing and accepting the possibilities you just do that, doing what is expected, doing what is "part of the deal".

Getting in a car is a risk. The probabilities of an accident are much higher than we actually think. But we don't really think about it. We change our way of seeing the act and we generally don't watch the possibilities of a risk; contrary: we actually feel confident.

What I am trying to stress out, is that labeling something with risk, has definitely to do with our attitude toward what we are doing (or not doing). We can change, not only the possibilities of "failure" by thinking of the outcome in a mostly positive way (vs. fearful), but also by being open to accept a completely different outcome, which would immediately transform the notion of risk into 'being part of the wonders of life'.

By all what I have done and "risked" in my life, there is never ever any moment where I think "Oh, I wish I wouldn't have done it.."

And by having said this.. and emptying my confused head into the keyboard, looking desperately for the right words in a language which is not mine (yet), I must say, that the last risk I took was writing this little blog here.. who knows if that makes any sense and if anybody might understand..


26 comments:

  1. Wow, awesome. i love the idea here, you have the good insights here...

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  2. most people don't like taking risks. they want to stay in their own little comfortable cocoons.

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  3. the scud - yeah they are afraid in trying new things but staying where you are or not leaving on your comfort zone' does it mean you are not taking risks?

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  4. i have always been a risk-taker myself... and the risk you took here, i can see that it's all worth it :)

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  5. The Leaves of Tarkong -
    Thank You : )

    Leon Koh - Thanks! Welcome Back to my Page : )

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  6. Thanks for the thoughts you leave on my un-updated blog. You write very well and I like your insights with things. I never thought that besides Rafter there will be someone who will leave a comment on my blog. hahaha keep on posting.

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  7. Troubled Soul - welcome : )
    visit again : D

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  8. I sometimes take risk but sometime i dont because i feel so scared..

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  9. eden - me too i'm scared but i want to learn and grow as a person ' and that keeps me goin

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  10. without risks, there would be no reward...

    unfortunately, sometimes the risk is greater than the reward.

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  11. the capacity to make things better. soon risk will be my middle name.

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  12. The last risk.

    Walang mangyayari if you wont take risks. Meron pala, aamagin lang or kakapitan ng talaba. :)

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  13. in life, you need to be a risk taker
    otherwise, you will just die out of sheer boredom

    apir!

    and yes, panalo ng blog mo
    =)

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  14. the donG - Nice, i like that

    ACRYLIQUE - Haha natawa ako dun ah...

    Raft3r - panalo ba Idol? Ahehe Apir

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  15. it's also a risk to read blogs, lolz! why? risking of learning and unlearning things :)

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  16. brVince - thanks for the risk reading my blog : )

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  17. the donG - Nice, i like that

    ACRYLIQUE - Haha natawa ako dun ah...

    Raft3r - panalo ba Idol? Ahehe Apir

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  18. Thanks for the thoughts you leave on my un-updated blog. You write very well and I like your insights with things. I never thought that besides Rafter there will be someone who will leave a comment on my blog. hahaha keep on posting.

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  19. The Leaves of Tarkong -
    Thank You : )

    Leon Koh - Thanks! Welcome Back to my Page : )

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  20. most people don't like taking risks. they want to stay in their own little comfortable cocoons.

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