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Risky Business minus Tom Cruise and the rocking out

July 4, 2010
  • Thematic Song Choice: ” It’s the Only One You’ve Got”-3 Doors Down
  • JULY: New Cause! Charity:Water Did you have any idea that there’s currently just about a billion people on this planet without access to clean water? Which may just sound like a number, but really is about 1 out of every 8 of people. 42,000 is the number of deaths occurring every week due to unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions–90% of those deaths are children under the age of 5. According to UN predictions, 1/10 of global disease can be eliminated just by improving water supply and sanitation. I learned all of those astounding facts and figures just by poking around on their website. Think about how lucky we are to have access to clean water in all the ways we do on a daily basis. So this month, I encourage all of you to take the time to click and raise money for this worthwhile cause because it’s easy and free. To those of you who in the past months have clicked and helped raise money for various other causes..thank you for your support.  For more information about the cause check out their website: http://www.charitywater.org/

“To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk being called sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self. To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called a fool. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing.”-Leo Buscaglia

    Happy Sunday readers and a very happy 4th of July to all of my readers in the US!  I’m back from my brief 2 week hiatus.  I hope you all had wonderful weeks in that time. In that time, I spent a lot of time running around doing a bunch of things, but I am back to dutifully write for you. Also, if you can believe it because I still can’t during the time off SQ readership went over 10,000 views. I cannot even begin to tell you how incredible that is to me and I just wanted to tell you all thank you!

To continue on with this theme of risk. I researched and found some odds for you:

  1. Chance of dying in a fireworks accident: 1 in 1,000,000
  2. Chance of finding a four-leaf clover on the first try: 1 in 10,000
  3. Chance of dying from contact with hot tap water: 1 in 5,005,564
  4. Chance of fatally slipping in bath or shower: 1 in 2, 232
  5. Chance of dying from any kind of injury in the coming year: 1 in 1,820

This is the end of me throwing numbers at you this week I promise. But looking at those facts is enough to make anyone grimace.  Five barely scratches the surface of how many chance statistics there are like this, some funny and others more serious. With stats like this and the unpredictability of anything happening to you at anytime..why bother?

    As humans, math-lovers or not, we like statistics. We like to calculate, investigate, weigh the options and make informed decisions. We shy away from ambiguity, gambles, risks and things which we have been told are dangerous. Sometimes risk pays off, but that’s rare and lucky. It’s easier to go with the safe bet and not throw caution to the wind. Taking the well-known paths and making safe decisions are great. Wonderful in fact.  But what makes us human is not the predictability, it’s the variability. The x factors that might cause me to react differently than you, my friends or a stranger.

    Variability comes often with those more vague decisions. Decisions where you do not have enough information to make a complete informed decision with some level of risk involved. As the magnitude of risk increases, you will find less people likely to take a given risk. Is that such a wrong thing? Absolutely not. We should not all by any means suddenly decide to take daredevil-like risks on a daily basis, but we also should not operate so automatically that we forget what it means to make a choice that is not a 100% foolproof. 

    “No risk no reward” & “go big or go home” are phrases that have become frequently used in pop culture. However,  you do not need to be on a game show deciding whether or not to go for a million-dollar grand prize to apply them to your own life.  Find little ways to apply risk-taking to your own life. Stop always making the predictable/safe decisions and taking the easy way out. Go for it every once in a while. It may not always work to your benefit and you might experience some loss, but it will give you the reassurance of knowing that quintessential variability still runs through your bloodstream.As Leo Buscaglia’s quote this week states, “the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing”. Try it this week. Be a little daring and take some risks that you otherwise might not have. Maybe you’ll find the risk is worth the reward?

That’s all for now though. Have a great week!  And in the words of Ms. Frizzle, “Take chances, make mistakes and get messy”

❤  SQ

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara permalink
    July 5, 2010 11:23 am

    Congratulations on the 10,000 Views! Risk – reminds me of that saying, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” It’s a good thing at least some humans will frequently be curious enough to take a chance now and then! Thank you for your thoughts and quotes…

    • July 5, 2010 1:56 pm

      that’s another saying about risk that i forgot to mention. it is a good thing that some humans are curious enough to take a chance now and then, but i think we should all be curious enough to take a little chance every now and then
      thank you for commenting barbara!

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