I am a computer programmer by day and philosopher by night. I post once or twice a week. I aim to prevent blogging from taking to much time, while allowing time to develop each idea before posting it. Each has some reference to human, universal, or societal truths, while presented in an organized, understandable & consise way -- this is the plan anyway. Results may very as what rings true for one may seem false to another. Also becuase sometimes I get things wrong.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Courage & Caution

Living is like going swimming. While caution is needed, so is courage.

First prepare yourself. Now test the water with your foot. The temperature is fine. Now collect your confidence & jump in.

If you don't test the water and consider its temperature you maybe in for a shock when you get in.

If you are too cautious and get in little by little you will waste the afternoon with no time to swim.

Thus, in swimming & living a balance of courage and caution is needed.


I wrote this in my private journal on 11/22/2003, I've made few corrections & changes for this online posting. Seems like a long time ago.


At Sat Oct 22, 11:08:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Sat Oct 22, 04:56:00 PM EDT, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

This is a profound analogy! Wow. It's true, I am out of balance - depending on the situatuion I jump in without testing the waters, or wast time analyzing the situation to death.

Thank you! I am going to keep this as a reminder. Can I link to this? It's really good.

At Sat Oct 22, 11:25:00 PM EDT, Blogger James Gray said...

Thanks Well Woman!

I was struggling with this issue a lot back then and I still am. I find myself to be frequently very cautious; I gain nothing by this excess, just lose time.

I will always say 'Yes' to any request for others to link to my posts. No need to ask, but you can if you prefer. :-)


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