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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Be your strange self

Be your strange self

There’s no joy like the joy of being your strange self and finding that there are people who love you for it.” ~Boze Herrington

All of us have things about ourselves that we feel like separate us from the norm. No matter what that “strangeness” about yourself may be, there are people out there who will love you for it. If you haven’t found them yet, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. Keep searching for your people. They are out there!

 

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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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Loving others

Loving others

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, what do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ~Bob Hope

I hope your Christmas season this year is filled with enough love that it overflows into loving others even more freely in the coming year.

 

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