This Thursday’s Thought

It’s clear by reading my last batch of posts that change has been a major underpinning of my 2013 experience. Without straying too far from that idea, here’s what’s been on my mind this week:ย RISK.

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All change – no matter the magnitude – has some nuance of risk attached to it. Something as trite as finally tossing that old pair of jeans even bears risk. I mean, what if a few days later your best friend asks you to help her paint her house and you don’t have any painting pants to wear?!

(…#firstworldproblems, right?)

I’m not [very] serious, but you get the idea.

For me, this image does the perfect job of encapsulating the power of positive thinking. As a learned pessimist, there are definitely days I have to physically will myself to seek out the silver lining. Once you do, though… who knows where in the world you will find yourself.

Before I wrap things up, have a read of this lovely quote from Louise Erdrich:

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to to apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.

To hell with lemons and lemonade. When life gives you apples,ย bake apple pie!

/jr

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