As I was browsing through a book during a waiting period, a thought popped into my mind about living a successful life. Please note I am not talking about safely to a blah life strewn with flowers of ease.
Sir Stirling Moss, world renowned race car driver, lived a fascinating life on and off the race track and was honored with the British title, Knight of the Realm. The statement that caught my attention is absolutely true.
“To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster.”
― Stirling Moss
Sir Stirling Moss, as General Jimmy Doolittle understood the opportunity and danger of taking the calculated risk. The general passed in 1993, but my generation recalls his famous raid on Tokyo, Japan and the page turning account of surviving that awesome mission. Moss and Doolittle achieved fame as race car drivers.
Concerning risk taking you may be sure it involves “dabbling on the boundary of disaster.” The field does not matter. If you find a way to remove all risk no progress can be made, that’s why the bulk of humanity remains in the rut to which they were born.
Have you noticed that each command/invitation Christ issued to His disciples involved a risk from the human point of view?
Edgar Bulwer Lytton stated it well when he wrote, “Strike from mankind the principle of faith, and man would have no more history than a flock of sheep.”
Copyright 2013 Larry Lilly
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