Robin Hawke

January 24, 2012, 11:29 PM
Filed under: Quotations

You risked your life, but what else have you ever risked? Have you risked disapproval? Have you ever risked economic security? Have you ever risked a belief? I see nothing particularly courageous about risking one’s life. So you lose it, you go to your hero’s heaven and everything is milk and honey ’til the end of time. Right? You get your reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That’s not courage. Real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking one’s clichés.

—Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction


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Hi Robin, I did risk all once, and lost quite a lot. But in the end it seems to have been the better choice because once the dust settled I found that I’d gained far more than I lost. Disapproval, economic loss, and marriage… in order of domino drop, all from the same decision to go where the heart and soul led. Now the sequence is happening in the opposite direction – approval, economic gain and marriage 🙂

Comment by Madison Woods

I’ve walked away from security more than once, always my right thing to do. I haven’t figured out, though, how to risk the cliché of starving artist. I’d like to figure that one out!

So happy to hear your journey, Robin

Comment by Robin Hawke

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