To laugh is to risk appearing a fool
To weep is to risk being called sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The people who risk nothing may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But they cannot learn, feel, change, grow or really live.
Chained by their servitude they are slaves who have forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is truly free.
Perhaps some of you will remember this quote from my final entry before embarking on the Camino de Santiago last year. However, I find that it is once again appropriate as I reflect on last week’s pilgrimage to France.
“…The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
This past week, my dear friend and mentor Theresa risked a great deal. Flying overseas was entirely new to her and traveling in general a not so favored past time; and yet, she harkened to the Lord’s invitation calling her to Lourdes and Lisieux. What a great pleasure it was to be her companion for this epic journey?! And how blessed were we both indeed?! With great risk, comes great reward!
And now, a few photos from our trip for your viewing pleasure: