When we were in Portugal a few years ago, I cringed whenever I spotted the many crazy fishermen, perched at the edge of the tallest cliffs, their great long fishing rods, bent and drooping to the crashing waves far below. They seemed quite comfortable there, on the edge of danger, but seeing them made my stomach flutter.
"Why do they do that?" I asked.
"It's where the best fish are," I was told. The turbulent, churning water at the base of the cliffs makes for prime feeding ground. So, these fishermen teeter at the edge, risking all for the best fish.
"Do they ever fall?" I asked.
I've found in recent weeks that there is some life wisdom in this. If we can manage the fear, the most tense, turbulent parts of our lives are where we find the best opportunities for growth.
But they are also the places where we encounter the highest risk.
So, it's up to us to decide...is the risk worth the gain?