Not a Book Review

I started listening to Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection (audio book). In a mere 30 minutes, she confirmed what I suspected (and the reason I picked up the ‘book’ in the first place), that I am not living whole heartedly.

She offered some valuable starting points (this is not verbatim, just my personal take away):

  • Knowing yourself is important; loving yourself is critical.
  • It’s a mid-life unravelling, not a crisis. It’s a time of letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embracing who you really are. It’s normal and it can be a good and healthy thing.
  • Digging deep when you’re exhausted and depleted does not mean powering through whatever is depleting you. It means pausing to go inside yourself to find something that will revive and restore you (so you can carry on, if necessary)—it may be 15 minutes of meditation or it may be an episode of I Love Lucy—you do you!

I was only 30 minutes in and I was feeling intrigued but exhausted. So at this point I paused the book to ‘dig deep’ and whole heartedly embrace a glass of Pinot Noir to restore and revive me . . . I have a feeling Ms Brown would say this is not how that works!

9 thoughts on “Not a Book Review

  1. I’ve never read anything by Brene Brown, but had some similar inward changes after reading Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle.

    Good luck on your journey. I find that, the older I get, the more I embrace the things I need to do for me to love myself well. It used to feel so selfish. Now I depend on it.

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    1. I’m not familiar with Glennon Doyle, but I’d like to check out her work. I think that for many of us, loving ourselves can be the hardest thing we ever learn to do. But also the most necessary and the most rewarding.


  2. I think knowing the self is underrated, and more of us need to take the time to understand ourselves more. Thing is, most times, that understanding lies behind tons of crap and pain. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing!

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