The sense of danger must not disappear:
The way is certainly both short and steep.
However gradual It looks from here;
Look if you like, but you will have to leap.
This stanza from W.H. Auden’s poem is certainly about risky love, but the sentiment can be applied to a multitude of decisions in our lives that will take us off the beaten path, away from the mundane, and into a more adventurous, fulfilling life.
Unfortunately there are no shortcuts to becoming that person we admire.
We can’t kid ourselves forever. Living vicariously through movies, games, books, fantasy, or our children will never be enough.
Today, I wish that courage to leap for you and for me.
Chardin was not advocating recklessness: only courage.