Points of wisdom from Brene Brown’s Gifts of Imperfection

Points of wisdom from Brene Brown’s Gifts of Imperfection

My book club read The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Here’s some of my favorite quotes:

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.

Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.

If you need to refuel and losing yourself online is fun and relaxing, then do it. If not, do something deliberately relaxing. Find something inspiring to do rather than something soul-sucking.

Before I start [doing something], I always ask myself, why is this worth doing? What’s the contribution that I’m hoping to make?

Trying to win someone over [who is huffing and puffing] is a mistake because it means trading in your authenticity for approval. You stop believing in your worthiness and start hustling for it.

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” -Pema Chodron

When we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from the parts of our lives that don’t fit with who we think we’re supposed to be, we stand outside of our story and hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving.

What is your default setting in response to shame?  What is your brave option/courage?

We are all made of strength and struggle.

Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives.

Courage is contagious.

Common humanity recognizes that suffering and feelings of personal inadequacy are part of the shared human experience.

When we numb the painful emotions we also numb the positive emotions.

The ancient Greeks say the opposite of joy is not sadness but fear.

Addressing scarcity doesn’t mean searching for abundance, but rather choosing a mindset of sufficiency.

When we compare, we want to see who or what is best out of a specific collection of “alike things”.

The more entrenched and reactive we are about an issue, the more we need to investigate our responses.

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