“To dare is to lost one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
When I think about today’s quote my mind goes back to my Middle school basketball days where I played for a recreation league. I was in I will never forget one parent who would yell as we were playing defense to “Take the dare!” Now even though I knew she would say this every time we would be on defense it was still scare the heck out of me. Today’s quote by Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard reminded me of this experience the first time that I read it. We need to remind ourselves that there will be times that we also need to “take the dare.” We need to make the decision to dare ourselves to be at our very best and if we aren’t decide to make the commitment to do whatever it will take to do so.
Is it scary to just put ourselves out there like that and be vulnerable? Absolutely. But at the same time, it is vital and necessary to the cause. And that cause is our own personal well being let alone our own growth. Kierkegaard mentions that when we choose to dare we may lose our footing because we are entering uncharted territory. However we need to remember in life itself, the life we lead each and every new day is uncharted territory because we are experiencing that day for the first time. No one knows that the outcome of that day will be because it hasn’t happened yet. He cautions us that if we do not take the dare we are destined to lose ourselves and worse yet we may never find ourselves at all. This is something we can ill afford to lose so let us take the dare the next time it is presented before us for our own sake.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?