Me in the Middle ~ WordPrompt ~ May

“You never know how STRONG you are, until being STRONG is your only choice.”

~Bob Marley ~

I found this writing by Brené Brown while visiting a post by Jennifer Juneau Looking Back While Looking Ahead.  It’s only been recently that I’ve embarked on the journey of ‘Looking Back’ all with the intent to continue moving forward and ‘Looking Ahead’.  Writing about our life story, the good parts and the not-so-good parts, pulls together a pattern that reminds us of who we were all along the way.  A pattern of strength and courage through our struggles that becomes clearer when we become an observer from the present  time and allow ourselves to look back.  We can do this at any time and at any age.  The insights we gain and the freedom we experience keep us ‘rising strong’.

~ Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted ~

“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers
Than those of us who are willing to fall
Because we have learned how to rise

With skinned knees and bruised hearts;
We choose owning our stories of struggle,
Over hiding, over hustling, over pretending.

When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we run from struggle, we are never free.
So we turn toward truth and look at it in the eye.

We will not be characters in our stories.
Not villains, not victims, not even heroes.

We are the authors of our lives.
We write our own daring endings.

We craft love from heartbreak,
Compassion from shame,
Grace from disappointment,
Courage from failure.

Showing up is our power.
Story is our way home.
Truth is our song.
We are the brave and brokenhearted.
We are rising strong.”

Brené Brown

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~Letter V (Reblog)

My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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“What makes you vulnerable, makes you beautiful.” – Brené Brown

 

THIS ^^^^^^ IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO IN MY LESSONS LEARNED

I’m going to share, once again, my favorite quotes by Brene in this video.  Where did we pick up the message that we’re not worthy ~ that we’re not enough.  We each have to look at our own lives and find the answers to that.  I like how she extends this into our politics and our religions.

Whole-hearted people have a sense of courage… the courage to be imperfect…. the compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others.  They had connection as a result of their authenticity.

Vulnerability is kind of the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging and of love.

We numb vulnerability…. You cannot selectively numb emotion.  You can’t say here’s the bad stuff… here’s the vulnerability, here’s grief, here’s shame, here’s fear, here’s disappointment.  I don’t want to feel these.  (You can’t numb those hard feelings without numbing the other affect or emotion. When we numb those, we numb joy, gratitude, we numb happiness.)

We make everything that is uncertain, certain.  Religion has gone from a belief in faith and mystery to certainty.  ‘I’m right, you’re wrong! Shut Up!’

This is what politics looks like today.  There’s no discourse.  There’s no conversation.  There’s just blame.

You’re imperfect . . . and you are wired for struggle but you are worthy of love and belonging.

My way of dealing with pain and vulnerability was to stuff it down and leave it unexpressed until I had to take the time to bring it all into the open and talk about it and deal with the pain.  We need to tell our stories and to share them with others who will be inspired to do the same.

 “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal someone else.”  ~ Iyana Vanzant

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The Heart and The Bottle ~ Oliver Jeffers

(Click on the link above)

A tender illustrated fable of what happens when we deny our difficult emotions.  A gentle reminder of what we stand to lose when we lock away loss.

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Vulnerability #3

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

****  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter P (Reblog)

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.”

Brene Brown

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Perfectionism ~ Brene Brown

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Trying to be perfect keeps us from really finding joy in our lives.  Whether it comes from the way we’ve been raised as a child or from our expectations of ourselves now as adults, perfectionism holds us back from spontaneity and being more emotionally responsive to others.  “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never achieve it.”  Salvador Dali

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(c) Mary Lou Q

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Perfectionism #2

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”  

Anne Lamott

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

****  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter G (Reblog)

My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

Brene Brown

This really works!  It’s amazing how your attitude turns around when you make a conscious effort to focus on the good things in your life.  Sure, your life might not be what you see as ‘perfect’ in someone else’s life.  The only way to put good things in our own life is through keeping the good enough things front and center in our vision…… each step moving us closer to the life we’re meant to have.  

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Welcome To Today!

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A List of a dozen Gratitudes in my life………….(click here)

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

***  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter E (Reblog)

My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins

~ Native American Plains Proverb ~

There’s nothing more empowering to a person than having another person walking by your side during difficult times.  Empathy and compassion doesn’t mean you take away the struggle and challenge of another person’s life.  It’s just being there and fully grasping the reality of that struggle and challenge.  There’s nothing like finding the courage and strength within yourself to bring you through what seemed insurmountable.  This needs to come from within.  The difference between feeling alone during that time vs. having others willing to listen and encourage makes all the difference in the world.

Empathy

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Empathy ~ Brene Brown

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Empathy #5

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

***  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***