Posted by: Korry | January 25, 2012

QOTW: Risking Your Life…Or Even More

“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

How thought-provoking is this quote??? I love this because almost all of us are hard-wired to believe that risking our life is the greatest risk a person could take. But what if that isn’t true? What if risking our life is actually the safe choice, not the courageous one?

Now don’t get me wrong. Clearly, risking your life is a grave risk. But are we supposed to go through our earthly life simply trying to avoid death? Or, are we supposed to push ourselves, challenge our beliefs, and not simply live but live well?

I’m on a mission in 2012 to stop taking the safe choices just because they’re safe. Instead, I’m vowing to make choices that lead to a robust life where I’m energized, excited, challenged and fulfilled.

Are you ready to join me in making that same commitment? Are you looking for a great life or just an acceptable one? Do you want to look back and regret making a decision that challenges you or would you rather regret making the decision to settle?

Sure, life gets tricky. Stability is comforting, especially considering mortgages, car payments, and the huge commitments of family. Still, we only get one go at life and sooner or later, our time will be up.

So will you merely risk your life? Or will you risk the benefits and fulfillment that comes by rethinking your thoughts, suffering change and stretching your consciousness?

The choice is yours.

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  1. […] Yesterday’s Quote of the Week was about risking your life or risking even more–disapproval, economic security, beliefs, etc. So when the big promotion opportunity comes up, which will you choose? It’s ok either way…if you make the decision for the right reasons. But don’t settle because it’s comfortable. Don’t settle because it seems too out of reach. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and into your learning zone. And if you don’t succeed, well, at least you didn’t just risk your life–you risked it all. […]


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