The poem below by Jeff Carreira, Director of Education for the nonprofit organization EnlightenNext, is titled “Human Life Is a Risk” and serves as a great reminder for anyone driven to lead a life defined by change, growth, and constant evolution.
Every step we take, every action, every choice to do anything is
ultimately an act of faith.
Most of the time, thankfully, we live with an ongoing sense of certainty.
We imagine that the world is predictable enough to support us.
Then there are those moments in which everything gets swept away.
We lose a job, we crash a car, a loved one passes,
and we realize that nothing was ever certain.
And yet we have to act as if it is or live paralyzed by doubt.
Human life is a risk.
To believe in anything is a risk.
Anything we do is a risk.
Not doing anything is also a risk.
We might decide to avoid all risk by believing nothing and doing nothing.
That is very risky.
Better to believe and act wholeheartedly,
always ready to think again and
change our minds.