Yesterday evening, I was out on a boat in the lake with several friends. After the sun went down and the sky turned dark, the stars illuminated overhead on the clear night. I sat on the upper deck looking across the Milky Way when I saw a shooting star! I’ve seen a few here and there in my life, but this one seemed to shoot forever, leaving behind a trail of glassy stars. I made a wish – because that’s just what I do, whether it’s birthday candles, a feather gliding in the air, a coin tossed in a fountain – any superstitious moment I deem pertinent, I will risk believing that my wish is granted. I’ve always been a dreamer. My family and friends can tell you that from a very young age, I’ve always believed anything is possible – maybe to a fault. People would often ask me why I would risk believing something, only to be disappointed. But isn’t that what risk-taking is all about?
When we think about taking a risk in life, we are really talking about taking a chance. It could be as basic as making a wish or a plea to the Universe, or it could be taking up a new sport, learning a new skill, signing up for class. We take a chance at having an experience that is potentially exciting and one which will stretch us beyond our boundaries. That is the hope. But taking that chance also means there is a flip side to the coin, which is really the “risk” – by believing in something we think is possible or by making the decision that could stretch us , we may not experience what we want. In our minds, that means the risk of hurt, disappointment, despair, or failure.
But think about this: How would we ever grow, learn, prosper, or truly love, if we didn’t take risks? Michaelangelo said, “The greater danger for most of us is NOT that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”. Why not take a risk and aim high? Why not believe that you have what it takes to do something that scares you, that pushes you to new levels, that allows you to give and love more than you thought possible?
It has to start first in the mind as a dream or a wish. So go ahead and wish on a shooting star or whatever circumstance holds meaning to you. Declare it to yourself and to the Universe. And then you can take the necessary steps to make it come true. Sure, there will be certain things out of your control, but often they are right in your hands.
Deepali’s Piece of Wellness: Rememer YOU hold the dice. No one else can roll them for you. You have to take a risk. What have you been wishing for or dreaming about doing, being, or having in your life? What can you do today to start moving yourself toward it? Take 3 steps this week in that direction.