“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ~Brené Brown
It takes courage to step out from behind all of our masks and personas and roles that we use to keep ourselves hidden, but on the other side is so much relief from being able to be who we really are.
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
As we head into a new year, it can be tempting to focus on how we will try to better conform to who others think we should be or to better squeeze ourselves into a “safe,” confined life. What if you were to dream larger and aim for becoming a bigger, more outrageous, more authentic version of yourself instead? What would that look like for you?
“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.” ~Carl Rogers
How often we try to change ourselves to be more like who we (or others) think we should be! We do it thinking that who we really are isn’t good enough. The truth is that if we would live fully into who we are, that is already good enough. It’s only these artificial, bent-out-of-true-shape versions of ourselves that are lacking (because they’re not really who we are).
“Some beautiful things are more dazzling when they are still imperfect than when they have been too perfectly crafted.” ~La Rochefoucauld
I have always preferred the imperfections of real flowers to the perfection of artificial ones. The imperfections are a testament to their being real.
Isn’t that the same with us? Perfection is an artificial mask, while imperfections are an assurance that someone is real.
Have you learned to embrace your imperfections?