All great reforms require one to dare a lot to win a little.
—William L. O’Neill—
Unfortunately, life does not come with a money back guarantee. Going after what we want, especially if we’re up against established interests, is likely to demand the commitment of our best energies with no certainty of getting it. Oddly enough, some of the happiest people we are ever likely to meet are those who devote their lives to seemingly hopeless causes. For such people, daring a lot can mean staking their lives on a belief. The outcomes are bound to be small in proportion: failure, perhaps. At best, limited achievement.But none of this seems to matter. In fact, a happy person with a cause seems to have totally let go of the outcome. The joy is in the struggle, in the process. They learn so much; and by living for something outside themselves, their own small problems miraculously fall into line. Today I’ll keep in mind that achievement is risky, but dedication wonderfully liberating.