While in my early twenties, I read this quote in an old biography; “Life is to be dashingly used and cheerfully hazarded.” I am not sure to whom the quote should be attributed, but the sentiment has propelled me to live much more courageously. Just reading the quote makes me feel noble and gallant; as if even I could be a hero vs. someone petty, small-minded, or average.
When I ignore the quote and pass up opportunities to be that dashing, cheerful hero because I am too worried about…
- disease, bodily harm, or tragedy
- getting my fair share, or
- my possessions
I will always lose.
Our hearts instinctively know that there is much more to life than these “safe” things. That’s why we love movie heroes and legends.