Thursday, April 13, 2017

K is for Knowledge #atozchallenge #kisforknowledge

This month I am posting about risk, and words that contribute to the risks I take in my life!

K is for Knowledge. 

When I think of knowledge it often doesn't really make me think of risks.  It took me awhile to come up with this blog post.  Mostly because I kept getting stuck on words that I chose.  I would choose a word and then change it, then go back to the original word.  I am not even sure now why knowledge has stuck, but it did. 

I guess I feel like with knowledge comes risk.  The more you know about this world, the people in it, and the way to communicate the great risks you want to take in order to love them more.  At least that is what I feel for myself.  Before I stepped foot in India I really had no idea what it meant to risk.  I had never had to risk anything for a hot meal, or a warm bed.  I had never had to risk anything for what I believed in.  There was little risk involved in my life. 

Then I went to another country, where I met people that risked their lives EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I was floored by the amount of risk it took for them just to live every day.  Mothers that would risk their lives, and the lives of their kids for a decent meal. Families that risked never seeing members of their household in order to put a roof over their kid's heads.  Those were the stories of risk. 

That knowledge made me a better person.  Those experiences of seeing poverty, and self-sacrifice allowed me to view my risks as minor compared to what I could be risking.  I learned from that journey that I wanted my own to be bigger, harder, and more meaningful.  The only way that I could do that was to apply the knowledge that I had come across and let my life be impacted from the inside out. 

Have you gained knowledge about a subject or situation that has opened your eyes to risk a little bit more? 


Martha Reynolds said...

This is a good post - thank you. It's traveling and seeing how others live that teach us about our human connection.

Click said...

I didn't do a huge amount of research before we started our first round of IVF but going through it prompted me to learn a whole lot more and know I feel very knowledgeable about the process.

Sometimes I think it was better when I didn't know the odds or the likelihood of things working and what I was taking all the meds for (and what they would do to me), but I feel a lot happier now that I know more about it, even if it does mean knowing some of the bad stuff as well.

Cait @ Click's Clan

J Lenni Dorner said...

Interesting post. There are many people too comfortable in their lives to grasp such concepts. I've been called a risk-taker for doing what I consider to be totally ordinary.

Josie Two Shoes said...

This was a thought provoking post. When I think of knowledge and taking risks, the first thing that came to mind was the risk involved in relationships. The more we live the more we realize that relationships are risky business... but, and this is a big BUT... it's worth it! That's what I've learned in 60+ years, the joys, love, laughter and experiences shared far outweigh the negative relationship experiences, and I have learned a great deal from each. We can't be afraid to risk our hearts!

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