Friday, January 27, 2012

Poetic Fridays: The Courage to be Imperfect

A Friday ritual- a post of words- a poem, a story, a song- that has been tumbling around in my head this week. Words that have changed my life or words that have nourished me. Words that have offered comfort or brought joy. Little scribbly shapes that can change so much. No commentary.

If you have words that have been inspiring you this week, leave a  link to your blog or share them in the comments.

From the TED Talks- Brene Brown; The Power of Vulnerability.

There was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging and the people who really struggle for it and that was the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they're worthy of love and belonging.  That's it.  The believe they're worthy...The one thing that keeps us out of connection is our fear that we are not worthy of connection.

What they have in common was a sense of courage.... the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language- it's from the Latin word "cor" meaning  heart- and the original definition was "to tell the story of who are with your whole heart."

And so these folks had, very simply, the courage to be imperfect. They had the compassion to be kind to themselves first, and then to others, because, as it turns out, we can't practice compassion with other people if we can't treat ourselves kindly. And the last was they had connection- and this is the hard part- as a result of authenticity. They were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were.
Here's the link to the whole talk:

The rosemary and chilis are from my garden.  The tulip is from Trader Joe's.

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