Go without a coat; find out what cold is.

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‎Go without a coat; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. If you’re never tested, you’ll never define your character.

~ Henry Rollins

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  1. Dave,

    I have been thinking a lot about stripping down my existence- too many responsibilities, too many material things, too much time spent spinning wheels. This passage stokes that desire. We’ll see where it goes.

    So Thanksgiving is over but the gratitude rolls on. I’m grateful for your messages and our connection.



  2. I’d like to think that character is defined by what we do – not just when we are doing without – but by what we do with what we have.


  3. Very sparse but powerful message my friend. It is how we treat others, not what we accumulate that defines us.


  4. I agree with Mimi’s comment.


  5. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    I’m all for not accumulating stuff.
    But – it seems to me that this is an entreaty to create hardship – which would be artificial, and then, of course, not hardship. If there’s a way out of hunger and cold – it’s not real hunger and cold.


  6. Great quote. Very timely.


  7. Reblogged this on Amy Arey, Realtor Real Estate Blog.


  8. Actually, I have been homeless once (for a day or two) and spent five years virtually living off tins of baked beans and not having enough money for heating in mid-winter. The experience has made me appreciate the things I have now, but I do rather overreact to the slightest threat to my security that might return me to that poverty.


  9. Alex Jones says:

    It is true we learn more through hardship than ease.



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