Today's topic is "Risk", and I feel that I embody that word in many ways. Those of you who know me, have heard me talk about one of my hobbies which is analyzing handwriting. There is a particular trait of someone who is a risk taker. Typically, a risk taker writes all the way across the page, clear over to the very edge of the paper. Those who are not risk takers will stop and leave a gap somewhere before the end of the line. Check out your handwriting and see if you do this! I do have this in my writing, so I guess I'm a risk taker. :)
Another thing I read about risk-taking is that usually middle children are those who are not bound by tradition, so will be more likely to "shake things up", and do something out of the normal. I happen to be a middle child, and I have found this to be true in my life. I hate doing something merely because it has always been done that way.
I would say the biggest risk I have taken in my life was when we moved to China. I had three small children at the time, one of whom was only a few months old. It was a leap of faith to drag my children to the other side of the planet to live in a foreign land. And now we are hoping that we get to repeat that experience!
Lest you think I'm fearless, I should say that I'm not one of those risk takers who likes to try things like bungee jumping and sky diving. No thank you. I remember when I was a missionary in Taiwan, and we went to a park that had a tram for us to ride up the side of a mountain. I remember looking outside the window at the huge drop beneath us and thinking, "Why did I choose to do this?! I could die at any moment!" I recently re-enacted that moment when I rode the tram to the Great Wall. And I once again had that same frightening thought that we could crash to our deaths! Maybe that was heightened by the fact that I was dangling from a line with 4 people in the car, two of which are quite heavy. Add to that the fact that it was probably sketchy chinese engineering...... Need I say more?
Yup...I'm a risk taker. :D
Now go check out what the other consortium members have to say about this issue!