I recently came across this poem in the book “You Can’t Steal Second with Your Foot on First!” by Burke Hedges and I loved it, which is why I’m sharing it with you!


To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To live is to risk dying.

To hope is to risk despair.

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.

Chained by his own fears, he is a slave. He has forfeited freedom.

Only a person who risks is free!

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6 Comments on Want to know what true freedom is?

  1. Girl Gone Wild
    June 27, 2007 at 1:06 pm (16 years ago)

    I used to sell knives (in college) and the manager gave every one of us a copy of that. It didn’t really help me sell more knives, but I took it to heart personally.

  2. Anonymous
    June 28, 2007 at 2:56 am (16 years ago)

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  3. Stacey
    June 28, 2007 at 9:26 am (16 years ago)

    Well put and thanks for sharing! Hope your day is wonderful.

  4. Girl Gone Wild
    June 29, 2007 at 7:55 am (16 years ago)

    Hey…I’ve given you the Rockin’ Girl Blogger Award on my site …Yes, I think you truly rock!

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