by Sunil Bali, 31-01-16

Eons ago I used to have a very attractive girlfriend who, due to an overbearing father, was like a rabbit caught in the headlights of life.

Questions like, “Where do you fancy eating? What do you want to do this weekend?” and “Which film do you want to watch?” were met with the same response, “You choose."

The relationship didn’t last long – indecision isn’t endearing.

Playing it safe is good for roads and railways, but life requires risk if we’re to achieve anything meaningful.

We’re born to take risks. If we weren’t prepared to fall flat on our face, we would live in a world of bum shufflers where no one had ever taken a chance to learn to walk.

There are many dangers in life, but one of the biggest is safety, because you risk far more by not risking anything.

Moderation and splinters are for the fence sitters of the world who are too afraid to make a dent in the universe.

Playing it safe is mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise and doesn’t make anyone happy.

It’s for those who run the race to mediocrity, too afraid to laugh or cry, and too afraid to live or die.

As my friend, author and former world champion trampolinist Dan Millman says, “Moderation is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew."


  1. An 89 year old man by the name of Ron Chestna was stopped by the police at 2 a.m. and was asked where he was going at that time of night.

    Ron replied, “I’m on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as staying out late."

    The officer asked, “Really? Who’s giving that lecture at this time of night?"

    Ron replied, “That would be my be my wife."


  3. Ex fiancées or Near Mrs. ?