Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend an alumni symposium hosted by LEAD Atlanta.
I was blessed and privileged to be part of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2011 (hands down the Best. Class. Period.), and being part of the organization has truly been a life-altering experience for me regarding both the friendships I have formed and the thought-provoking, eye-opening discussions that always arise from each gathering.
No matter if we’re catching up with one another during a casual dinner or helping facilitate a program, every time I am around my LEAD family I walk away feeling reenergized, encouraged, and inspired…to be more, do more, and give more.
The TED talk style symposium on this day proved to be no different. As each of the presenters shared their message, the majority of whom were fellow LEAD alumni, I was inspired by their courage to reveal their personal stories as they described the role that the topic at hand, RISK, had played in their lives.
When I got home that evening, I began to think of the role that risk has played in my life. I thought of the most notable times in my life I have taken a chance on the unknown…going to an out-of-state school for undergrad, studying abroad overseas, moving to New York City for an internship, and even my move to Atlanta five years ago.
While all of these experiences required me to step out of my comfort zone, in many ways they were still highly-calculated, researched, and thought out moves that fit neatly into my linear life plan.
When it comes to making moves that really cause me to scrap the plan entirely, pave a new road completely and really and truly step out on faith and place my trust in God, I tend to play small.
But I’ve come to learn that there are times in life we have to just go for it, trust our instincts, and make the leap…we might hit the bottom, but better yet we may discover that we can fly.
And, as one of the panelists so eloquently stated, sometimes the biggest risk is not taking any risk at all.
So, today I’ve made a choice….no more shrinking back, playing it safe, and succumbing to the fear of a fall.
Life is short, time is precious, and I’m ready to go for it all!
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
II Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)