Risk-Care-Dream-Expect

While I was attending a special weekend seminar at The Jung Center in Houston, I walked into the gift shop and found a greeting card of sorts. I had no intention of sending it to anyone, except perhaps, personally delivering it to, well, me.

I showed it to my friend and weekend host, Mr. Felix Scardino, author of The Pebble and the Canyon, and Felix suggested a one-word tweak in each of the four lines you see below. I modified those same lines ever so slightly but the meaning still resonates.

Risk-Care-Dream-Expect

In each of the “more than” phrases, substitute “I” for “others” and see how that feels.

Let’s face it, Risk – more than I think is safe has a more profound feel to it than the way it is phrased on the card. Do we really care what others think? I’m sure we do a little, but we’re the ones who have to traverse our lives.

Both versions have an impact; putting “I” in the phrase makes it more personal and, perhaps, more meaningful, possibly even more powerful.

Dream – more than I think is practical.

It does for me, anyway.

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