Week 1 :
"I will carry courage, compassion and connection in my heart while on this journey.
Even when the road is bumpy. Even when I'm so busy that I feel behind.
Even though there is really no 'getting behind' in this course.
And, especially when I start to compare and judge myself.
Courage, compassion and connection will be my constant companions." - Brene Brown
Over the years and for a variety of reasons I've read countless self-help books. Everything from how to be a better parent, friend, lover, wife, employee.... the list is endless. I can't say I ever really took much notice or really put my heart into making the changes that were spoken about.
Probably because I just wasn't ready.
I believe our journeys in this world open us up to the changes when fate knows we ready to embrace them fully. The lessons to be learnt are too important to be cast aside as trivial and so your soul will recognise when you are ready to take on the message in a way that will be meaningful to your life at that particular point.
I've spoken about Brene Brown before on this blog. I came across her talk on Wholehearted Living and Vulnerability on 25 November 2013 on one of my many sleepless nights... I watched the video 3 times in the space of an hour... yes it was that powerful. I felt like she was speaking directly to me. And the strongest message was her authenticity. That isn't easy in a media driven world where 'selling' yourself and your belief is the key to signing people up to your brand. Motivational 'talks' can come across like those weight loss adverts... promising a sculptured body if you pop the pill (forgetting to tell you that you actually have to get out there and exercise and quit eating all those sweets!)
My soul instinctively knew that now was the time for me to move forward. To find the connection with my true self. I've started the process already with Peta - the goal being to reconnect with my younger self. I've now added Brene's course on the Gifts of Imperfection. For the next 12 weeks I will be learning about accepting myself ... about learning that I am ok just the way I am and that even if it means I'm imperfect then that is ok. The goal is for me to embrace my imperfections and live my life as fully as I can regardless of being less than perfect. Who am I trying to be perfect for anyway?
I'm ready to embrace my story. I'm embarking on a journey which will bring me riches which are incalculable, not material riches but rather riches that will guide me through this life and towards the goal of being my most authentic self I possibly can be.
I'm excited, slightly apprehensive, curious about what I will learn... but most of all ... ready for the next step in my journey.