We had the good fortune of connecting with David Rupert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, how do you think about risk?
Mercy toward others: The ultimate risk There are plenty of risks that people take. America is the best place to take a risk because this is the home of the failure. Think about all the great innovations of this land and they have all been borne out of wild, bodacious, even reckless risk taking. These risks often bomb out. Out of the great failures come great successes. We have the permission to take a risk and to fail. Interestingly enough, there’s one risk we rarely take and that’s on each other. We will risk fortune, fame and security on inventions, businesses, and jobs, but we won’t take a risk on our fellow human. I believe in taking a risk for mercy. Mercy is a biblical term, a word that implies favor that isn’t earned. Mercy at the hands of others is unexpected and undeserved. I have a friend who lost a great career with a promising future because he couldn’t resist the lure of stealing $200. I have another friend who cheated on his wife, who was beautiful and attentive and seemingly perfect. He lost her and half of his income. They still needed my compassion. They still need my mercy. We need to say “yes” to bestowing mercy. And that alone will shock people. Extending love to the guilty, the unlovable, the shameful is entirely out of the ordinary—and a perfect place to start. Saying “yes” to offering mercy will make people misjudge you, your intentions. Do it anyway. A first responder never asks the victim what they did to cause their pain and then judges their response. If there is a building with smoke billowing out the windows and there are people inside, firefighters will do everything they can to fight through the smoke and heat and fire in order to rescue the trapped. Their only goal at that moment is to rescue. The first responder doesn’t stand with his hands on his hips berating the fool who left the stove on or judging the old woman who let her sweater stay too close to the radiator. They risk everything because they are driven by compassion. Our jobs is to be first responders, the person who goes straight into the situation that everyone else is leaving. We are the people who are called to reach out to stop the bleeding, to care for the wounds, to put salve on a situation.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What started as a group of a four writers has now grown into one of the largest communities of writers West of the Mississippi. Writers on the Rock has various small groups throughout Colorado, regular workshops and annual conferences. Helping others find their voice through their writing is most exciting and together, we are helping change the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the trails out along the Foothills. Mesa View gives a splendid view of both the city and mountains overlooking Golden. I love to drive along I 70 and just past the buffalo herd the mountains open in majesty.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people who take risks on prisoners are who I admire the most. God Behind Bars is an amazing effort to help prisoners transition from prison to everyday post-lockup living. It means taking huge risks on people who don’t deserve mercy, who don’t deserve grace. But none of us do and that humility helps these men and women live out a second chance.
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