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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Sitting with pain

Sitting with pain

“When we are brave enough to sit with our pain, it deepens our ability to sit with the pain of others. It shows us how to love them.” ~Valarie Kaur

When we are in pain, everything in our being urges us to escape it. It takes great courage to just sit with the pain and experience it. Not only is facing the pain directly the best way to get through our own pain, it also deepens our capacity to be able to sit with others who are in pain so we can better show our love in their difficult times.

 

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Don’t wait for perfect

ducks in a row

“If I waited until I had all my ducks in a row, I’d never get across the street. Sometimes you just have to gather up what you’ve got and make a run for it.” ~Judge Lynn Toler⠀

Conditions will likely never be perfect for you to follow your dream, start that new thing, or make the change you’re considering. That’s ok. Do it anyway! You’ll get farther by doing your best with what you’ve got than you will by waiting forever for a mythical perfect before starting.

 

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Choosing love anyway

Choosing love anyway

“I admire people who could have turned cold after everything they’ve been through but still chose love anyway. There’s strength in that.” ~Keneilwe D Mhlanga⠀

My natural tendency after being wounded is to shut down my heart and hold everyone at a distance. I admire people who can keep their hearts open and choose love even in the face of having been wounded. That is strength indeed.