In Others’ Words: The Danger of Precautions
I wish I hadn’t always been so cautious in years past.
I was a bit of a “tell me the rules and I’ll follow them” kind of person. Let me put it this way: I was a safety patrol girl in school — the one wearing the neon orange belt and helping other kids cross the street. Do they even have safety patrols in school anymore? I think not — we’ve progressed to metal detectors and security officers.
Precautions are dangerous.
Don’t you love the contradiction hidden in today’s quote?
If we’re too careful we just might protect ourselves from stepping outside our comfort zone … into the scary open space of a too-big-for-us dream. But when are dreams supposed to be easy to handle?
If we’re cautious, we might hesitate … and miss the you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me opportunity that changes our lives in ways we never imagined.
- You say yes to living overseas for nine months, like my daughter Amy did when she was twenty.
- You retire from the military and start a solo family practice when very few physicians are doing this anymore, like my husband did.
- You throw away the list you’ve made of the “perfect guy” and discover who God is going to bring into your life — and laugh when you realize “Mr. Right” was no where on your list. And yes, this happened to my daughter Katie Beth.
The advice to throw caution to the wind? It just might allow you to grab hold of something dangerously grand.
In Your Words: Are you naturally cautious or more of a risk-taker? When have you been willing to risk … and been thankful you did? What was your reward?
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