What you risk

Published by Lori Pickert on December 18, 2011 at 02:52 PM

What you risk reveals what you value. — Jeanette Winterson

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Comment by Dawn Suzette on December 18, 2011 at 09:02 PM

Wow. This is a bit of a mind bender for me.
I value my childrens freedom to learn on their own terms... so I risk being outside the norm?
Is that how you would take this quote?
I am going to have to think on this one a bit more. Thanks Lori!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 19, 2011 at 03:05 AM

she seems to have used this same bit in a couple of different books with a slightly different lead-in. here's one:

“You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. It’s the playing that’s irresistible. Dicing from one year to the next with the things you love, what you risk reveals what you value.”

"dicing with death" is brit slang for taking a big risk.

when i read this, i thought of it from the perspective of a poker hand. you value what's in your hand, so you risk more by betting more. you're willing to put more on the line for something you really value.

i think your example of children's learning is perfect - it *is* a risk to homeschool, to step outside the norm, to do things differently. if you value the rewards enough, you're willing to gamble a bit with some other things, make them more difficult.

Comment by Florence on December 19, 2011 at 03:29 PM

Meredith over at Each One Thrives also just posted on this same idea:

http://eachonethrives.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/travel-advisory/

"What you risk reveals what you value" is like this lovely koan that teases one to ask "what am I risking and what am I not?" "What do I value but am too afraid to risk?" It's maybe another way of saying to lean into our fears because they tell us something about what matters to us.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 20, 2011 at 05:35 PM

the more we think about these things, the better!

Comment by Dawn Suzette on December 20, 2011 at 08:41 PM

Thanks Lori. We have some HUGE changes coming up this spring and these posts are helping me think through what *I* want to do on the other end....

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