Life is about taking chances.
You take a chance when you raise your hand in class.
You take a chance when you decide on a seminary or yeshiva.
You take a chance when you drive, when you fly, when you swim, when you date, when you walk and talk and breathe.
And sometimes, there are choices to make, things to do and you have to decide if you want to take the chance, if it’s worth taking a risk or to take the safe route and remain with the status quo.
Will you hold your breath, close your eyes and jump into the deep end of the pool, hoping to make it back up and out intact, or will you stand on the sidelines, cheering on all those that try and do and win and lose?
Sometimes, you have to endure the voices whispering in your ear or shouting in your face, telling you that you can’t, you shouldn’t, you’ll fail, you’ll get hurt.
You have to plug up your ears, tune out the dissenting voices and choose to listen to your own inner voice telling you, “You can, you can, YOU CAN!”
Because you know yourself better than anyone else knows you.
And if you sincerely believe in your ability and in your strength, then your strength will prevail.
So believe that maybe, despite what they say, despite what they think, you can succeed , that you do have the power to overcome numerous challenges and prove to everyone else, most importantly to yourself, that the ultimate power lies in what you believe.
And know that your Father is standing at your side, ready to catch you should you fall.
Because though trying is not a guarantee for succeeding, one thing is definite:
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ André Gide