[Say It!] Emotion, A Risky Business
In the world of finance the greater the risk, the higher the returns are likely to be. It takes a leap of faith to invest. Sometimes, we can win big and sometimes all can be lost in the blink of an eye. The trick lies in knowing when to buy and when to sell and most importantly, what to invest in. This holds true in the real world as well.
When we let our walls down and let people in, share with them our deepest, darkest thoughts, secrets and dreams, we are taking a risk. We expect back a return, a kind that I would call a ‘mutual understanding that you won’t murder the other person in their sleep’, while others may call it affection or even love.
If you close yourself off, you aren’t likely to win anyone over. To get love back, you must give it. The process of caring for, loving or even giving a damn about someone is like investing in financial instruments, where you put your wealth at a certain amount of risk to get a return. Here you put your emotional stability and peace of mind at risk. You give the other person the power to hurt you.
Then why do we even let ourselves care? Because as is the case with money, if we don’t invest our emotion, given the positive time value of money, its usefulness or purchasing power will depreciate. So if you don’t put yourself at the risk of getting hurt (in other words if you don’t let people in) your emotional stability and peace of mind are likely to deteriorate regardless.