I’ve been participating in Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection Oprah’s Lifeskills Class over the last 2 weeks. If you don’t already know who she is, check out her TED talk about Daring Greatly (with over 11 million views.)
One of the exercises in the first week, Charting the Wholehearted Journey, was to change our focus and thinking from, “What will people think?” to thinking, “I am enough.” One of the art assignments (oohhh, how fun!) was to take a photo of yourself (oh, not so fun) with the reminder that “I’m imperfect and I’m enough” written on your hand:
It’s ridiculous how many times I re-took my photo to come up with one I liked and still really didn’t. I finally quit and just decided to like myself in my last photo as it was. The whole thing still makes me uneasy. I’m easily distracted from the main point by all the references to the photography I love including the film border, stamped cameras and the knowledge that I took it with an iPhone. But the main point remains and leaning into that revelation has been very freeing over these past few days as I have reminded myself over and over in many situations throughout the day, “I am enough.”
This main point reminds me of Psalm 46:10: “Cease striving and know that I am God.” In the notes, that “cease striving” means let go, relax. LOL. So there truly is nothing new under the sun. We just need reminders in today’s language.
If you want to read more, try Brené’s book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are or check out her site Brené Brown
I am not being paid to write any of this:) Enjoy, let go, relax.
- When Practicing Self-Compassion (tynascline.com)
- Squashing Perfectionism (theorganicexperiment.com)
- “Gifts of Imperfection” Brene Brown E-Course Lesson 2 by Julissie (xojulissie.wordpress.com)
- What Brené Brown always carries in that pocket (huffingtonpost.com)
- Courage is a “Heart Word” (journaloflovinglife.com)