The courage to be imperfect

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” ~Brené Brown

The courage to be imperfect fuels our ability to create, to try new things, and to be comfortable with change, but not all of us have the sense of love and belonging that supports it. Just because life didn’t give us that sense (or took it away from us at some point) doesn’t keep us from consciously creating a life that gives us that sense of love and belonging on our own in the way we treat ourselves and the people we surround ourselves with.

What can you do this Valentine’s Day to increase the sense of love and belonging in your life?

 

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Keep your heart open

“Everyone knows firsthand that life is messy and painful, beautiful and unpredictable. The endless practice is keeping our heart open to the whole of it.” ~Mark Nepo

Sometimes I think that learning to keep our hearts open to love, to others, and to life as a whole is the main lesson we are here to learn. Over and over again, I find myself prying my closed off heart open because it’s just too easy to shut down in a self-protective stance that is ultimately life-denying.

 

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Beauty and pain

“Things can be both immensely difficult and intensely beautiful at the same time. You don’t have to hide either side. Remember, the night sky is eerily desolate and also full of everything all at once.” ~Victoria Erickson

Even the most difficult times of our lives also contain beauty in other ways. It’s ok to find joy in that beauty even as you mourn or struggle in other areas.

 

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Peace comes from within

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fighting our way toward peace doesn’t seem to work very well. Fighting just begets more fighting. Peace has to come from within and then becomes our way toward generating greater peace around us.

 

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