“You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life is like a bicycle.
To keep your balance,
you must keep moving.”
– Albert Einstein
“Only as high as I reach can I grow.
Only as far as I seek can I go.
Only as deep as I look can I see.
Only as much as I dream can I be”
– Karen Ravn
I absolutely love this book. If you are struggling with self-acceptance, love, believing you’re good enough, or establishing boundaries with others…I recommend picking up a copy of Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. This book really spoke to me, and made me confront — or just be honest about — issues like trying to please others, going along to get along, and, most importantly, doubting myself.
This video may look a bit infomercial-sih, but it provides a nice window into the great work found in Brown’s book.
I just started reading Brown’s next book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I’ll keep you posted.
I am currently reading The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, a great book by Brené Brown. I reached a chapter titled “Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism.” The opening quote jumped off of the page and really resonated with me.
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” — Anna Quindlen
I am so glad that I picked up Brown’s book. Perfection is something that I’ve been obsessed with most of my life. I used to pride myself on pursuing perfection, and often weighing others on perfection’s scale. After some time to think and read, it’s clear that far too much of my energy has been spent trying to be perfect — regrettably often in an effort to impress or please someone else. I just want to make progress on being my truly authentic self. I have to trust that authenticity is the biggest gift that I can give to myself and others.