Playing it safe?

(08.11.21– Risky Behavior? –Luke 19:26)

My friend, may I ask you a question? When you come right down to it, is there every any excuse for doing "nothing" when "something" is called for?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.

I read recently an interesting, but at first somewhat puzzling statement, from the late management consultant, Peter Drucker. He stated: "People who don't take risks generally make about two major mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year." Huh? Think about it, though. Drucker was saying that, in essence, people who take calculated risks are no more at risk than those who don't. Essentially, nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the old saying goes. Ultimately, however, since the mistakes really end up canceling each other out, we ought to be far more motivated to assume some risk in life in order to accomplish better and greater things than we ought to be content with things just as they are with no possibility of change.

When you come right down to it, is there every any excuse for doing "nothing" when "something" is called for?

Here's a story: A young reporter wanted to get a feel for agriculture, so he paid a visit to a farmer and asked, "How's your wheat coming along?" The farmer replied, "I didn't plant any." "Really?" asked the reporter. "I thought this was supposed to be wheat country. Why didn't you plant any wheat?" "Some say it is," came the reply. "But I was afraid we might not see enough rain this year and the wheat would be stunted." "Well, what about your corn. You've planted that, haven't you? How is it doing?" the young man inquired. "Didn't plant corn this year," the farmer said. "I was afraid of corn blight, so I didn't plant corn." "Alfalfa? Asked the reporter." "Nope. Afraid the price might drop; didn't plan that either." "Well, then," asked the reporter, "what did you plant?" "Nothin'," the farmer said. "I just played it safe." (Author unknown)