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Next time you start out taking a risk, ask yourself if it's worth it.

Don't get me wrong. Taking risks is perfectly normal otherwise we will be a pretty boring lot.. After all, that's what life is about. You know, no venture, no success, like they say. Besides, I read somewhere a few years back that a thing is safe only if the risks are acceptable. You know, like flying, swimming, running, drinking or even eating, etc. Sure, we know so too but hey, show me what doesn't have an element of risk and I'll show you something dull and uninteresting.

So all of these routine human activities are inherently hazardous. As a matter of fact, you could come face-to-face with trouble yourself, if you do not obey some basic safety rules governing such activities. I mean, you could choke while eating if you ate too fast, too much, etc. Any swimmer will tell you for free too that the risk of drowning is accepted as an inevitable part of swimming. It doesn't matter how good you maybe. if it can happen, it will happen, apologies to Mr. Murphy. That doesn't alter the fact but as a certified swimmer, the odds may be reduced significantly to as low as  reasonably practicable, alarp, in your favour.

Ok, we accept that some element of risk lies in wait for us no matter what, so? What's the way out? Well, it really is very simple. Weigh the inherent risks involved and strike a balance. For example, if the benefits seem to be losing out to the risks, then chuck in your hand. No point trying to prove a point. That's exactly what the mouse is doing in the picture below, asking himself that tough question: Is the hunger for the cheese on the mouse trap worth the effort, the risk? Is there a balance? Because sometimes Risk taking can be a matter of life or death.

Stay safe.


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