Just the right balance between these two forces seems to be not only the key to survival, but also plays into success. Cautious people live to tell their tales and to raise a new generation, but they might not have taken enough risk. Risk takers might have gone a bit too far and checked out early.
I just spent some time with a couple of four month old kittens. Sisters, one just a tad bolder than the other. Kittens instinctively know that a certain hesitancy around new things is prudent, but they also have a strong need to know – what’s in here, can I fit in there, can I jump high enough, will this hold my weight…
Natural laws and human rules provide some boundaries for their explorations. A thing just beyond their reach is terribly tempting, conversely after a few minutes with the thing it loses its charm and they are off to the next thing.
How do we find that right balance for ourselves? Thoughts of if only I’d done or not done this or that might mean that we were too cautious or too bold. But maybe only in hindsight, too. I bought my house right before the housing crash so I shake my head at the amount of money that – on paper – has disappeared. But I’ve had the benefit of living in the house for the last nine years and being removed from the townhouse complex where I had previously lived. So, do I count this in the good or bad category? Hmmm.
Stay or move, keep a job or switch, invest in Microsoft (wish I had) or buy that car which provided mobility (when it wasn’t in the shop). Get married, have a baby, buy a house, retire now – here or there? Caution or risk?
I’m not sure that I will ever figure out just the right balance, but the consideration is worthy of a few more years of research (also known as living). When have you been overly cautious or entirely too risky? Or maybe you have gotten it just right?
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