“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.” ~ Eddie Rickenbacker, Aviator

“I am not fearless. I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me.” ~ Bear Grylls

Written on December 20th, 2006

Play it safe, play it cool,
Don’t allow others to be so cruel,
Portraying you unfairly as a fool,

Stay away from second chances,
Beware manipulative, hypnotic trances,
Why take any risks and be committed,
When it’s easier for chapters to be omitted,

But realize that in doing so,
You never hit the life button labeled “go,”
And in so you may never know,
A life categorized as “Best-in-Show,”

This is not a recommendation to be unwise,
Just consider chances of reasonable size,
In such actions, risks are minimized,

Be fearless, but don’t expect to be tear-less,
as no matter how smart, someone will pierce your heart,
Though through it all, the impact will be small,
As God’s love protects us in every fall…

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