THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER

TO LAUGH IS TO RISK APPEARING A FOOL
TO WEEP IS TO RISK APPEARING 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 HOPE IS TO RISK DESPAIR
TO TRY IS TO RISK TO FAILURE
BUT RISKS MUST BE TAKEN BECAUSE THE GREATEST HAZARD IN LIFE IS TO RISK NOTHING
THE PERSON WHO RISKS NOTHING, DOES NOTHING, HAS NOTHING IS NOTHING
HE MAY AVOID SUFFERING AND SORROW
BE HE CANNOT LEARN, FEEL, CHANGE, GROW OR LIVE.
CHAINED BY HIS SERVITUDE HE IS A SLAVE WHO HAS FORFEITED ALL FREEDOM
ONLY A PERSON WHO RISKS IS FREE.
THE PESSIMIST COMPLAINS ABOUT THE WIND;
THE OPTIMIST EXPECTS IT TO CHANGE;
AND THE REALIST ADJUSTS THE SAILS.
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