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Journaling Prompts


Have you engaged in physically or emotionally risky behavior in your life? Are there things you did as a teenager or young adult that you wouldn't repeat (verbally or do again, lol) today? What would you tell a young person now about your exploits and what you learned? Do you wish you could go back in time and change what you did or do you chalk it up to crazy lyouth?


Is there an adventure you'd like to undertake but are afraid of the risk involved? If there's a financial risk involved, is the financial fear greater than or less that the emotional fear of trying something new? Is it a new career, a business venture, a move, a relationship? What would you need to know to be able to take the risk, short of proof that things would work out?


Do you believe that in life, the risk you take is equal to the reward? Is there a mathematical relaionship between what you invest and what you get in return? Have you put everything on the line for something you truly wanted and then didn't have it turn out your way? How did you move though that life experience and move on, or if you haven't, what's stopping you? 


Is it true that it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Great love requires that we expose ourselves to risk - of loss, of the move from being in a couple to being alone if things don't work out, or of losing ones sense of self in the relationship. Is it always worth it, even without a happy ending?

What is it like for you to be in conflict with someone you care about? Are you the one who usually makes the first move to try to repair breaches, or does that feel too risky? What inner beliefs or strengths do you turn to in order to support your stretches and reaches? If you do attempt to repair a break, do you do it just to make peace or to truly fix the underlying problem in the relationship?

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T. S. Eliot


Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.

Warren Buffett


If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

Jim Rohn


No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.

Theodore Roosevelt


It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?

Jim Carrey


I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.

Audre Lorde


Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

e. e. cummings


A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.

George Bernard Shaw


A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness, as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men - and people in general.

Lorraine Hansberry


Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury


Adventure without risk is Disneyland.

Doug Coupland


The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.

Chuck Palahniuk


During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.

Soren Kierkegaard


There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.

Drew Barrymore


Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.

Harold Kushner


Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.

Ernest Hemingway


If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong


Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.

Robert Anthony


It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.



It's a funny thing, the less people have to live for, the less nerve they have to risk losing nothing.

Zora Neale Hurston


To win without risk is to triumph without glory.

Pierre Corneille


To me, life, for all its privations, is a luminous thing. You have to risk it.

Jeanette Winterson


What you risk reveals what you value.

Jeanette Winterson


Only a few act - the rest of us reap the benefits of their risk.

Wynton Marsalis


Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.

Katherine Mansfield


If nothing is at risk, nothing is established.

Brian Ferneyhough


There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.

Seamus Heaney



Synonyms and Antonyms

Main Entry: risk  [risk]

Part of Speech: noun
Definition: chance taken
Synonyms: accident, contingency, danger, exposedness, exposure, flyer, fortuity, fortune, gamble, hazard, header, jeopardy, liability, liableness, luck, openness, opportunity, peril, plunge, possibility, prospect, shot in the dark, speculation, stab*, uncertainty, venture, wager
Antonyms: certainty, safety, sureness, surety

* = informal/non-formal usage

Main Entry: awkwardness
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: difficulty
Synonyms: bulkiness, chanciness, cumbersomeness, danger, hazardousness, inconvenience, peril, perilousness, risk, troublesomeness, uncomfortableness, unhandiness, unmanageability, unwieldiness
Antonyms: convenience, ease, easiness, straightforwardness

Main Entry: bet
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: game of chance; money gambled
Synonyms: action, ante, betting, chance, down on, hazard, long shot, lot, lottery, odds, odds on, parlay, play, pledge, plunge, pot, raffle, random shot, risk, shot, shot in the dark, speculation, stake, sweepstakes, uncertainty, venture, wager

Example Sentences

By doing so he deliberately plunges back into the contingency, risk, and moral uncertainty that he had temporarily escaped.

The cats are not transgenic animals-their genes have not been altered to make them less of an allergy risk.

Through federal protection, at- risk populations are given the chance to rebound.

Main Entry: bet
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: gamble
Synonyms: ante, buy in on, chance, dice, game, hazard, lay down, lay odds, play against, play for, play the ponies, pledge, pony up, put, put money on, risk, set, speculate, tempt fortune, toss up, trust, venture, wager

Main Entry: bite
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: take a chance
Synonyms: be victim, get hooked, nibble, risk, volunteer
Antonyms: be careful

Main Entry: brave
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: endure bad situation
Synonyms: bear, beard, challenge, confront, court, dare, defy, face, face off, fly in the face of, go through, outdare, risk, stand up to, suffer, support, take on, venture, withstand
Antonyms: break down, capitulate, complain, dodge, fear, give up, hide, run away, skip

Main Entry: chance
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: fate, luck
Synonyms: accident, advantage, adventure, bad luck, break, cast, casualty, coincidence, contingency, destination, destiny, doom, even chance, fluke, fortuity, fortune, future, gamble, good luck, hap, haphazard, happening, hazard, heads or tails, hit*, in the cards, kismet, lot, lottery, luck out, lucky break, misfortune, occurrence, odds, outcome, peradventure, peril, providence, risk, stroke of luck, throw of the dice, toss-up, turn of the cards, way the cookie crumbles, wheel of fortune
Antonyms: aim, design, plan, scheme

* = informal/non-formal usage

Main Entry: compromise
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: put in jeopardy
Synonyms: blight, cop out, discredit, dishonor, embarrass, endanger, explode, expose, give in, hazard, imperil, implicate, jeopardize, mar, menace, peril, prejudice, put under suspicion, risk, ruin, sell out, spoil, weaken
Antonyms: guard, protect, save

Main Entry: crapshoot
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: big chance
Synonyms: iffy proposition, risk, risky business, shot in the dark, spin of the roulette wheel


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