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.
HAPPY MUSING…HAPPY READING!
Today’s Tuesday Teaser comes from Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection.
“Comparing yourself with other people makes you boring, not better.” I try to remember this advice whenever I look at Facebook. LOL
Bene Brown is a Texas writer, who started out at the main campus of my university, The University of Houston. (I teach at The University of Houston Clear Lake campus.) This is one of the best self-help books I have read. Gifts of Imperfection includes the ability to “embrace your inner flaws, to accept who you are, instead of constantly chasing the image of who you’re trying to be, because other people expect you to act in certain ways.” (Four Minute Books).
There are many quotable statements in this 2010 publication (I can’t believe I am just now getting around to reading this one!). The lessons, take-ways, and applications of this examination of perfection and the ok-ness of NOT being perfect are abundant. Something that will get me through many future situations is the concept that being uncool is ok. LOL
I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking her authentic self and wanting to feel good about what she finds there.