where to begin? you all were fantastic after my post earlier in the week. thank you for your witness of where i am, for connecting that with where you are. and damn if we don’t all get it. it’s hard to sit in the middle of the muck, even with the zinnias blooming just outside the back door. it’s uncomfortable to feel discomfort and to sit patiently with swirling questions. but it’s important work. it’s good work. and it’s part of our story.
when i wrote that post, in the back of my mind were brene brown’s book, daring greatly, which i read a few months ago, her TED talk i listened to a while back, a podcast i just listened to last week. i thought i’d share those links with you, because you might enjoy them too. brene writes this in daring greatly: “…our worthiness, that core belief that we are enough, comes only when we live inside our story.”
when we live inside our story. isn’t that fantastic?!
running away from or hiding the mess does us a disservice…and, truthfully, it does a disservice to others as well. we’ve got to inhabit our lives, our stories. they are ours; only we can truly tell them. so let’s tell our stories. the messy as well as the beautiful. because at some point, there is intersection. and when we recognize that intersection, that’s where real growth is.
owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. ~brene brown
sending a little love your way, m