Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Big Unknown Versus Chocolate Cake {Risk Rejection}

bake a cake

go on a blind date

approach a handsome stranger

get arrested in order to meet police officer who assisted me previously in my job

These were the ideas my good friend had when we were brainstorming risks. Because everyone plans their risks ahead of time, especially 'approaching a handsome stranger.'

Why are 3 out of 4 of these ideas likely to turn out awkward? Clearly, I decided to move on from them for now, at least from any that could put me in jail.

MEN: If I have to get arrested to meet you, that's just pushing it. Even for #riskrejection.

I haven't taken any major risks between my last post and this one. Instead, I had some unplanned adventures.

I was talking about this risk challenge the other day and someone mentioned there's a difference between risks that just happen to you and risks that form out of the posture of your heart.

What feels risky right now is being unemployed, which let me tell you, is a risk. It's a little more circumstantial than posture of the heart, though. I'm not sure who wakes up each morning and says, "YES! Another day to risk being homeless."

I'm just kidding, mostly. If it got down to it, I would have other options, and I'm thankful for that. But the whole posture of the heart thing is hard in some of these scenerios. I guess it has to do with aligning yourself so that you're open to the risk? Or trusting even when there's so.much.unknown.

Yeah, that makes me cringe and want to move on to cake.

Let's take a vote: figuring out the big unknown or baking a cake?

I choose cake. Chocolate cake, of course.*

*This might be a good risk for me. I've been trying to do more cooking/baking. Sorry if I'm making you hungry or if you wanted some, but since chocolate cures all problems, I might have to keep it for myself. I know, I know, where's the rejection? Desperate times, my friends.

Nevertheless,

thanks, Amy, for encouraging us all to #riskrejection and be part of something bigger and bolder than ourselves. Except for this week when I eat my cake.

28 comments:

  1. posture of the heart……wow, that's a great way to sum up an aspect of risk. I like that a lot. Hey….said a prayer this morning for your job situation. Nice to have met you from #riskrejection with Amy. I'll be back - muwhahahahaha

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  2. Oh, thanks, sweet Melody! It has been nice to meet you through risk rejection. I am glad to have this new group of friends for sure and to hear of the adventures we're all having!

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  3. I see a way to combine these. A long time ago, a man baked chocolate fudge and put it in the mail to me. I married him. So bake your cake, and then do that handsome stranger part . . .

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    1. I think you might be on to something, Jill! :)

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    2. Well, you can't beat this comment. So I'm in total agreement.
      http://positivelyalene.com

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    3. This is totally true. We were just friends in college, and we started writing over the summer when I realized i kind of liked him. I put a sticker on my envelope that said something funny about "send chocolate," and he dd. That was a keeper in my book. That fall when we returned to school we started dating. :)

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    4. Amazing. That is a story worth telling. :)

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  4. It is very much a heart attitude, this being open to risks! Thanks for sharing (and I mean that preemptively about the cake, too. I'd really like for you to share your cake...)

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  5. Thanks, M! You seem like a lot of fun! I'll see what I can do for next week. Ha. Hope you have a great week.

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  6. "There's a difference between risks that just happen to you and risks that form out of the posture of your heart." Ah yes!...I love that line!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! The heart attitude is not always easy but it's good to for me to remember...great to hear from you.

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  7. So good. And hey! If you wanna practice mailing a cake (just to make sure it turns out okay, of course), send it to me! ;) Cheers! x

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    2. How kind of you, Mary ;). So nice to have people cheering me on. I'm glad I chose to write about desserts.

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  8. Hmmmm, am I the only one who thinks you should stick to the getting arrested, by the cute cop? I know, I know, but just tell me this…did he have any kind of accent (other than Southern, sorry Souther peeps)? Because if he had an accent, I'm sticking with the getting arrested. Unless of course you already have the ingrediants for the cake.

    Being unemployed is a huge risk, but I have a feeling that's exactly what you need.

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    1. Not surprised this is your pick, A! The only way I'll agree to getting arrested is if you will be my one phone call!

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  9. CAKE!! I love this though, trusting. It's a big risk.

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    1. Yes...can be tough for me but good to talk about because it centers on everything. Thanks for coming by, Lisa.

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  10. I love your insight into the "posture of the heart". I so agree. I decided against engaging in random risks like asking a stranger for an ice cream sandwich or some such thing. The risks I'm feeling compelled to take are flowing out of where God's been leading my heart lately, these risks are just taking me to the next level.

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    1. Great insight from you -- love that you're listening and learning from where God has you now. I'm glad to be able to get to know you more through this series.

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  11. "Risks that form out of the posture of the heart" I'm taking that one with me. Great phrase! Almost as great at chocolate cake... :-)

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    1. Haha..almost, right? :) Great to have you here, Susan!

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  12. Annnnddd now I want cake. And to see how your #riskrejection turns out. If you need any "how to get arrested" tips, I graduated from Citizen Police Academy back in the day and have a whole slew of ideas :-)

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    1. It's fun to hear from you, Sharita! I am sure you have some interesting stories from that time!! I would love to hear your ideas. Amy thinks this is a good idea, but I'm not so sure...y'all will have to come bail me out!

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  13. :) tee hee hee. i couldn't help but giggle when I read this post. i think you could do all four of your risks in one cool sequence... approach a handsome stranger... who turns out to be married, but sets you up with identical twin handsome brother, and on your way home you're thinking about the date too much... so you speed and a cop (who happens to be the handsome identical brother) pulls you over, but then finds out that you have several speeding tickets... so he has to arrest you... but then decides against it.... and you thank him with a delicious chocolate cake.

    :) *hug hug* glad to be taking risks with you....

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    1. Love it, very creative!! And I like how in the end I don't get arrested :). A win-win.

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