What I’m Reading: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be & Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
When we can let go of what other people think & own our story, we gain access to our worthiness-the feeling that we are enough just as we are & that we are worthy of love & belonging. When we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from the parts of our lives that don’t fit with who we think we’re supposed to be, we stand outside of our story & hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving. Our sense of worthiness – that critically importance piece that gives us access to love & belonging – lives inside of our story.
This book was recommended to me ages ago. My ‘to-read’ list is a bit lengthy so it fell by the wayside until somewhat recently, when it finally arrived via hold at my local library branch. Perfect timing, public library.
It is divided into ten ‘guideposts’ that are meant to assist us in letting go of unhealthy traits & embrace new (healthier) ones. Brené Brown discusses how it is our imperfections & vulnerabilities that are the factor that connect us all as human beings. & come on, the whole thing about “Who I Am” vs. “Who I’m Supposed to Be” hits home. Big time.