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"If we want to know why weíre all so afraid to let our true selves be seen and known, we have to understand the power of shame and fear. If we canít stand up to the never good enough and who do you think you are? we canít move forward."

"How would our lives be different if there were less anger and more accountability? What would our work and home lives look like if we blamed less but had more respect for boundaries?"

"When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthinessóthe feeling that we are
enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging."

"The greatest challenge for most of us is believing that we are worthy now, right this minute. Worthiness doesnít have

"We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we donít function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick. There are certainly other causes of illness, numbing, and hurt, but the absence of love and belonging will always lead to suffering."

"We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness, and affection."

"Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us."

"We all have it. Shame is universal and one of the most primitive human emotions that we experience. The only people who donít experience shame lack the capacity for empathy and human connection."

"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. Itís about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen."

"Whenever Iím faced with a vulnerable situation, I get deliberate with my intentions by repeating this to myself: ďDonít
shrink. Donít puff up. Stand on your sacred ground.Ē I think thereís something deeply spiritual about standing your ground. Saying this little mantra helps me remember not to get small so other people are comfortable and not to throw up my armor as a way to protect myself."

"When we become more loving and compassionate with ourselves and we begin to practice shame resilience, we can embrace our imperfections. It is in the process of embracing our imperfections that we find our truest gifts: courage, compassion, and connection."

"Hope also requires us to understand that just because the process of reaching a goal happens to be fun, fast, and easy doesnít mean that it has less value than a difficult goal."

"Whether weíre overcoming adversity, surviving trauma, or dealing with stress and anxiety, having a sense of purpose, meaning, and perspective in our lives allows us to develop understanding and move forward."

"Without purpose, meaning, and perspective,it is easy to lose hope, numb our emotions, or become overwhelmed by our
circumstances. We feel reduced, less capable, and lost in the face of struggle. The heart of spirituality is connection. When we believe in that inextricable connection, we donít feel alone."

"One of the best things that weíve ever done in our family is making the ďingredients for joy and meaningĒ list. I encourage you to sit down and make a list of the specific conditions that are in place when everything feels good in your life. Then
check that list against your to-do list and your to-accomplish list. It might surprise you."

"If we choose to heal with calm, we have to commit to practicing calm. Small things matter. For example, before we respond we can count to ten or give ourselves permission to say, ďIím not sure. I need to think about this some more.Ē Itís also extremely effective to identify the emotions that are the most likely to spark your reactivity and then practice non-reactive responses."

"Make a list of the work that inspires you. Donít be practical. Donít think about making a living; think about doing
something you love. Thereís nothing that says you have to quit your day job to cultivate meaningful work. Thereís also
nothing that says your day job isnít meaningful workómaybe youíve just never thought of it that way. Whatís your ideal
slash? What do you want to be when you grow up? What brings meaning to you?"

Contributed by Brene Brown
The Gifts of Imperfection

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