Thursday, July 11, 2013

Top of the Heap!

Monday's Riddle encouraged us to take a chance, and Lizzy's review of The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman was an open opportunity. Friday, Joan Hiatt Harlow will be stopping by to tell us the story behind her stories Thunder from the Sea and Joshua's Song, and Saturday, we always enjoy hearing from you on The DMS Wants to Know! Today, we thought we'd tell you about a few chance takers we think deserve a shout out. : )

This week's top of the heap: People who take chances! 

Lizzy: There are so many things that people take chances with that change their lives. I have always been fascinated with the solar system, stars, planets, and everything else in the never-ending sky. I would love to be an astronaut and explore other places, but I would be scared for sure. 

Neil Armstrong is someone who took a big risk, which ended up having major payoffs for him and the world. I can’t even imagine going in a space shuttle in the 1960s, knowing that what you are doing has only been done by a handful of people. He had a family and kids to worry about, but he was still brave. I am sure his experience in the armed services helped him have the courage to make such a difficult choice, but what a great decision he made!

Neil was a mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He not only took the risk to go up in space, but got out of the shuttle and walked on the moon! WOW! Risk after risk, but he took his chance and changed the vision of the world. He had done something people never thought possible. What an inspiration! It reminds me that taking risks helps us to achieve our dreams.

“That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” 
~ Neil Armstrong

Fairday: I'm not picking anyone specific- I would like to mention all the people who embrace their inner creativity- whatever the outlet may be- music, art, writing, juggling, cooking, sewing, dancing, etc., and take the chance to share it with the world, regardless of any criticism that they may receive in return. 

Finding joy in the space you're in right now requires taking a chance on yourself, and that's the bravest thing you can do! Here's a quote I read the other day that I loved...

"The caterpillar thought the world was over until it became a butterfly." 


  1. Aw, love this post :) Thank you for sharing. <3 I'm not the best at taking chances, but I need to get better at doing so :D

    1. Thanks, Carina! Taking chances isn't easy- but definitely worth it. :) ~L

  2. Nice! Astronauts amaze and impress me. I can't imagine anything more terrifying and exhilerating at the same time! :)

    1. Jemi- Astronauts amaze me too. I would love to travel to space- but it would be SO scary. Talk about a wild ride! :) L

  3. I'm very bad at taking chances, but I love this post. It comes off very inspirational. :)


    1. Akoss- I agree that taking chances is hard. Glad you found this post inspirational. :) ~L


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