Taking A Chance
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

April 3, 2017, Israel

We like to hedge our bets. We like to be secure in our decisions. We want the power and confidence that comes from knowing that what we are doing is correct. But rarely in life is this the case.

A new job, a new relationship, even a new store, we really do not know what is in store for us.

Personally I am a creature of habit, but more than that I like to stick to what I know. I have been with the same stores for years. When I visit Los Angeles I go to the same store every time to buy my sneakers. I try to always buy my pants in the same store, I do not like surprises. If I am happy with a product I stay with it. Why take chances?

And yet if we never take chances we never discover anything new.

There was an old song, "Ready to take a Chance Again" and we must wonder, are we ready to take a chance again, are we ready to risk something to gain something better?

I understand that to walk into a gym, a training hall, a martial arts school, a Krav Maga seminar is taking a chance. For some of us it is second nature but for others it is a dramatic and possibly traumatic giant step filled with trepidation.

You can be sitting at home collecting welfare and then a job opportunity comes up. You can be sitting alone in life and then someone suggests meeting a potential spouse. What do you do? Are you ready to take a chance again? What do you have to lose? Well, you can lose your comfort zone, you can lose your tranquility but you might gain an adventure. As an old Jew once said, "You have nothing to lose but your chains". The question is are you willing to lose your chains or have they become too comfortable?

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