Monday, October 26, 2015

october discipline: vulnerability

i am not sure how vulnerable i have been. october has been too action packed to know.
i have certainly been more honest. and to be honest, i am only 55 pages into Rising Strong. last night i browsed my dvr'd shows only to find an oprah interview with brene brown. i had to pause it several times to soak in the wisdom that was delivered. oprah referenced her manifesto, so i had to jump to page 267 to read it myself:

manifesto of the brave and brokenhearted

there is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fear mongers
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 the truth and look 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 the heartbreak, 
compassion from the shame, 
grace from the disappointment, 
courage from the 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. 

it's just so good and exactly how i continue striving to live my life. honestly. authentically.
thanks be to you who hold me accountable.

now some highlights from october so far:

we bid farewell to great friends beginning a new journey

hockey season started!

southern gent had a birthday and we dined with our P's!
gram turned 90 and her girls did it right! the magician was amaze! 

we had a yard sale...where i would sporatically declare "everything's a dollar"

hung with these munchkins

rolled around in corn kernels

rolled around the State Fair

much needed girls night @ a new local hot spot

and took emily and a friend to the fear farm.
the element of surprise and terror are about as vulnerable as one can possibly get. we loved it!


Nicole said...

Just watched your therapist ad for the first time. You are so inspiring. You make me want to make this world a better happier more tolerant place. And I'm going for a jog!! Xxoo

Tiffany said...

I love that corn photo! So cute! And... I'm sad to see my cake photo and to read "bid farwell". Boo hoo hoo!

Miss you and NC so much already! Thank you for your constant inspiration and encouragement through your words and your friendship.


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