Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

On Wednesdays I always try to write a piece that I think will inspire others, usually from something that inspires me.  It is my way of sharing a bit of my story and life with you and hopefully, as we find we have commonalities, we will find the world a little smaller and more connected.  I am working on a couple of original pieces, but....

Today I want to share with you a book that I just finished reading that was a great inspiration to me!!  

I came across the author when a friend of mine posted this YouTube link on her facebook and it became the first-ever Thursday "Breathe" post!  She made me laugh and cry - sometimes at the same time - and I knew I wanted to read anything she had written.

In the book Brene talks about WholeHearted living (an adjective which I hope people will use to describe me someday!), but what I love is that this isn't a typical self-help book.  She doesn't talk about "how to" because, as she admits, we all know "how to" do a lot of things but we don't ever do them.  Instead she invites us into a conversation about being aware of what gets in the way of WholeHearted living.

So here is the imperfection that I am learning to see as a good thing...I don't even know how to transition into the next paragraph, except to say that I was challenged by many ideas in the book, but none quite so much (for now) by a quote she put in the book on the myth of scarcity:

"For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didn't get enough sleep."  The next one is "I don't have enough time."  Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it.  We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of....We don't have enough exercise.  We don't have enough work.  We don't have enough profits.  We don't have enough power.  We don't have enough wilderness.  We don't have enough weekends.  Of course, we don't have enough money -ever.

We're not thin enough, we're not smart enough, we're not pretty enough or fit enough or educated or successful enough, or rich enough - ever.  Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we're already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something.  And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds race with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done that day.  We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake to the reverie of lack....What begins as a simple expression of the hurried life, or even the challenged life, grows into the great justification for an unfulfilled life."
(quoting Lynne Twist)

That hits me straight in my heart....where sometimes I am not sure I even know the word "enough".

I leave you with a picture of the book on my very imperfect desk......(yes, it does look like that on most days!!  And how sad is it that on the note under my book there is a reminder to shower!?!?!)

Get it from the library, buy it, borrow it....and may it be an inspiration to you to live differently!!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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