Take Chances!

When was the last time you took a chance? Chance; the possibility of something happening. Not gamble; play games of chance for money. Not Risk; a situation involving exposure to danger. I mean a chance in business, friendship or with the opposite sex, that if taken could change everything. We take chances with choices every single day. Sometimes you need to make a choice however before you take a chance.

We take chances on relationships every time we meet someone new. We take a chance that they are who they say they are. Some men/women don’t yet know who they are. They can be a work in progress that lasts a lifetime. To find someone authentic is a breath of fresh air. Knowing who you truly are is a feat not everyone is able to reach. How can anyone be expected to be taken at face value if they don’t know what their value is?

Who are you? A valid question that in time can be answered in depth. That’s where the chance is taken. It’s hard to get to know someone who doesn’t quite know who they are yet themselves. On the other hand it’s easy to get to know someone who does.

When you first meet someone you should throw your expectations right out the window and let them just be who they are. And when they show you who they are believe them! If you think even once…if they would just change____stop and walk away! They are not who you are looking for if you need to change them EVER!

Choices stand directly in front of us, waiting for us to take the chance. Chances come with a feeling of exhilaration. Taking a chance if honesty is present is worth every single moment.

I love taking chances, hate making choices! I usually just go with my instinct. If it feels right do it. Having said that it doesn’t always work out in my favour but at least I try. I’ve tried dipping my toe in life one foot at a time, being cautious and careful. Now I am jumping in with both feet making a splash to see where the water ends up. I am certainly not afraid of getting wet! I think when you trust your instinct, chances are easier to take. The choice is made for you. Everything just happens as it should. Perhaps not always as you thought but as it should have never-the-less. Live and learn.

If you’re trying to make a choice that you think you need to make but it just doesn’t seem clear…leave it for a while. A chance will sometimes appear out of the blue that you can’t turn your back on which will make the choice easy. This is one thing I know for sure!

Here are a few quotes I wanted to share with you about choice and chance…
The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved…William Jennings Bryan.
Leap and the net will appear…Zen saying
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…Wayne Gretzky.
You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do…Henry Ford.
In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took…Frasier Crane.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place…Zora Neale Hurston.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learned here…Marianne Williamson.
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it…Buddha.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world…Mahatma Gandhi.
Life is ever changing. You never really know your path until you are walking it, still then it’s not always your choice that changes its direction, most important is that you just keep going…Tracy Westerholm.

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  • Jane

    Very well said as usual. Good advice on never trying to change a man and never let a man change you either . Sometimes compromise is the answer to a good relationship if it’s not one sided.xo

    • Tracy Westerholm

      I couldn’t agree more…the trick is finding one that fits you well, not perfect because there is no such thing as perfect when it comes to men or women.

      I may have been swayed when I was younger to change but not now, I like to think I am adaptable not willing to compromise the key elements that make me who I am. Take it or leave it…someone eventually will think I am close perfect for them 🙂 or maybe not ;(

  • jacquie

    Wayne Gretzky’s quote is my favourite. I’m big on taking chances – within certain boundaries. I’d rather err of the side of too much trust than too little. Everyone’s innocent until proven guilty beyond measure – but once you’re guilty, it’s hard to get a second chance. That may be harsh, but it’s what works for me.

  • Janet

    Thanks for the great read! Intuition…Oprah’s magazine this month has a number of articles on intuition, and learning to trust yours. We often don’t hear…listen…or know what it is. I love the quote about comfort zone. I am currently trying to expand mine.

    • Tracy Westerholm

      Janet thank you for your continued support and friendship here on Tara and for taking the time to stop in and read what we have to say, it means a lot!

      I will check out Oprah this month for sure, thanks for the tip!
      T xo

      Just got this message from Don Miguel Ruiz “I follow every instinct I was born with. The wisdom of my instincts guides me to be happy, to enjoy life, to play, to love, to fulfill my needs”

  • Bonnie Johnson

    Well as you know, I’ve always jumped in with both feet first. Can’t help myself. What I’ve learned over the years though, is to not regret it if it turns out to be a mistake. So what! You learn by everything. As long as nobody gets hurt (too much) along the way. Like Frasier Crane I’d hate to regret never taking the chance. 🙂

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