Today I revisited notes on Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life. Here are some of the thoughts contained in this lovely book:

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life. (quoted by Brown from Christopher Germer in his 2009 book)

Brown continues to tell us to “DIG DEEP.” I find these “checks” on my life especially helpful at the end of the day.

Check on your vowels: A, E, I, O, U, Y

A Have I been Abstinent today? (However you define that– I (Brown) find it a little more challenging when it comes to things like food, work, and the computer.

E Have I Exercised today?

I What have I done for myself today?

O What have I done for Others today?

U Am I holding on to Unexpressed concerns today?

Y Yay! What is something good that’s happened today?

This week resolve to go over this checklist at the end of each day, measuring each day against the previous one. See if this helps you attain the wholeness of life Brown studies in this exceptional book.



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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