• Sandy Reynolds

How much risk are you willing to take?

I've been busy working on a course and thinking about decision-making, discernment and intuition in our lives. I've been considering how we make decisions. I have a lot to say on the topic. Last week I had a conversation with a woman who is in the middle of a major and life-altering decision. I asked her what type of process she uses to make decisions. She said her biggest question is, "How much risk is involved in making this decision and can I live with it?" Her answer stuck with me. It reminded me of a discussion I saw online about the free photo app that everyone was using to post pictures of what they would look like as they age. (I don't need an app to show me that so it wasn't a bandwagon I was jumping on!) Someone I know posted on IG that she was not going to use the app (FaceApp) after reading an article that showed the app was created by a Russian organization and that they would have access to the your data if you downloaded it. You can read more about it by doing a search online. Here's one article from Forbes that interviews the creator and talks about the data they collect and what other apps are collecting. A few days later I started watching a documentary on Netflix called The Great Hack.

Have you thought about the risk of being online?

I think what got me thinking the most about this discussion was how many people said they didn't care about their data. They weren't worried about it being collected and used. I get it. It seems like a losing battle. This article (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/opinion/internet-facebook-google-consent.html) says it would take 9 hours to read the Terms & Conditions for Amazon. Who has the time and expertise to read all of that information? And it can make us paranoid. So, it seems like we have collectively decided that even though IG, Facebook, Amazon and just about every other service you use, is collecting huge amounts of personal information on us, the risk is minimal. We make risk decisions all the time without much thought. It's something we shrug off easily - until we don't. Until the scales tip and we realize that we've given away too much without thinking about the consequences. What does that have to do with living a soul-centered life? I think living from your soul is about being grounded and focused. It's about taking responsibility. When you find yourself in a situation where you are down playing your fears and reservations, ignoring the red flags and not trusting your intution, it's time to slow down and pay attention. There is wisdom in asking how much risk you are willing to take in any situation. And you can always revisit and adjust that limit as needed.

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