Taking Risks

Rev. Wayne Walder: Is Life Risk … or is Risk Life?

by Reverend Wayne Walder “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt … Sure, Eleanor, but you don’t mention the risk associated with living-up a life. “Follow your bliss … and don’t be afraid, … doors will…

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Our Music: Risky Fingers Make Beautiful Music

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood My dear friend Sarah John likens performing classical piano music to waltzing through a mine field. At any moment, with a small slip of the finger, you could end up setting off a big bomb. When she first made this analogy, I laughed until I cried because it…

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Families Growing Together: What We Don’t Tell Our Children

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Success comes from taking risks. Rewards of risks seldom leave us displeased, resulting in self-esteem boosts and other personal benefits. A risk would not be a risk if it did not have the possibility of failure. I sometimes wonder if we are doing our children a disservice by…

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Taking Risks: Inspirational Quotations

“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” – Harriet Tubman “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People…

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Taking Risks: Spiritual Questions

•  Can you ASK for something from an acquaintance or stranger each day for a week? It can be a small thing. “Asking” is taking a risk because we are vulnerable when we ask. It also focuses our perceptions clearly. Try not to ask your good friends or family. •  Do we NEED to take risks?…

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Taking Risks: Audio and Video Resources on the Web

Kill 1 Save 5 by Mark Hauser, 2013 video on This American Life (11 minutes) Say there’s a group of five people standing on a train track, and you’re on a train coming toward them. You can save the whole group by pulling a lever and switching to another track, but the catch is that…

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Taking Risks: Movie Resources

The Tale of Desperaux   (2008) animation, a family movie Desperaux’s parents and his school superintendent try to convince him that his job as a mouse is to be afraid. Desperaux makes a different choice. Apollo 13   (1995) with Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon Gene demands that his NASA experts find a way to bring…

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