100 Days of Wisdom: Day 6 – Own Your (imperfect) Story, Discover Your (perfect) Power

Wisdom Day 6

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“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.” Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection


I don’t know about you, but Brene Brown’s quote above touched the very essence of my being!

So much of the first third of my life (wow, I am now old enough to actually say that!) was a carefully constructed one. I came into this world with an “err on the side of caution” and “I’ll just do it myself” energy. My early childhood experiences reinforced concern for safety, security and self-reliance. And because every action we take — whether beneficial or harmful — has some sort of payoff, my self-reliant perfectionist mindset seemed to serve me well … at least early on.

But “A”s, accolades and awards, setting myself “apart” and being “on top” has its downside. It can be lonely and unfulfilling if nothing you do is ever quite good enough; especially if you also buy into the lie that it’s you against the world because you aren’t good enough. Selah [pause … and think on that]. Continue reading