Friday, January 21, 2011


What gets in the way of you making the choices in your life that will take you where you want to go? What obstacles keep surfacing just at the moment you commit to doing something to change that persistent and negative behaviour? We are all inundated with information on how to do almost anything we need learn from the best diet to lose those pounds, the right schools for our kids, the best way to parent or how to address the food sensitivities in our family. It isn't about not knowing what to do - it is about being able to actually do it.

This video from Brene Brown is one of the very best insights into this topic I have ever seen. Her research on shame and vulnerability have helped her to identify the human experiences that shape our ability to successfully choose the life that we want. Take few minutes to watch this inspiring yet challenging video and ponder where in your life you might be stumbling on shame.

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For more wonderful inspiration from Brene Brown, check out her blog at
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Monday, January 17, 2011


This video is hilarious! It is an invocation speach given by an "older lady" at a care home and shows that we can all still find fun and laughter in growing old. A great video to share with the caregivers in your life as well as your family. Enjoy!!! The website this is taken from is

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011


What masks are you wearing to hide who you really are? Where in your life are you able to take this mask off and be your honest and vulnerable self? What gifts in life are you missing by believing you need to hide your authentic self and pretend to be something different.

This short dialogue expresses the sadness we all feel when we lose the sense of safety and freedom to be who we really are. It speaks to the human need to be heard by safe people who care. Perhaps as you read it it will remind you of the places you are hiding and the qualities of yourself that are begging to be celebrated rather than dismissed.

The picture in this posting says it all: YOU'RE PERFECT. You are perfect just as you are. Perfect in your weakness and your strength; in your places of knowing and places of not knowing; in your places of joy and places of despair; in your places of success and your places of failure. Being "grown up" does not imply a need to get it right all the time or never need to ask for help. It is simply about listening to your heart and trusting that you are enough, just as you are. If I forget this notion, I need only to watch our little grandsons dance, sing, be angry, be joyful, ask for help, not ask for help and everything else throughout their day. They live in the moment and have no masks to cover up the amazing little boys that they are!!!

The Masks I Wear

Don't be fooled by me. Don't be fooled by the face I wear.
For I wear a mask. I wear a thousand masks; masks I am
afraid to take off but none of them are me.
Pretending is an art that is second nature to me but don't be fooled.
For God's sake, don't be fooled.

I give you the impression that I am secure and that all is
sunny and unruffled with me, within as well as without.
That confidence is my name and coolness is my game.
That the water's calm and I am in command.
And that I need no one. Don't believe me. Please!

My surface may be smooth but my surface is my mask,
My ever varying and ever concealing mask.
Beneath lies no smugness and no complacence.
Beneath lies the real me in confusion, in fear, in aloneness
But I hide this. I don't want anybody to know it.

I panic at the thought of my weakness and fear exposing them.
That is why I frantically create my mask to hide behind.
They're nonchalant, sophisticated facades to help me pretend,
To shield me from the glance that knows.
But such a place is my salvation. My only salvation, and I know it.

That is if it is followed by acceptance and if it is followed by love.
It is the only thing that liberates me from myself
And my own, self built, prison walls.
I dislike hiding, honestly,
I dislike the superficial game I am playing
The superficial, phony game.
I'd really like to be genuine and me.
But I need your help.
I need your hand to hold,
Even though my masks would tell you otherwise.
That glance from you is the only thing that assures me
Of what I can't assure myself.
That I am really worth something.

But I don't dare tell you this. I don't dare.
I'm afraid to. I'm afraid you will think less of me.
That you would laugh and your laugh would kill me.
I'm afraid that deep down I am nothing.
That I'm just not good and you will see this and reject me.

So I play my game, my desperate and pretending game,
With a facade of assurace without and a trembling child within.
So begins the parade of masks, the glittering but empty
Parade of masks and my life becomes a front.
I idly chatter to you in sauve tones of surface talk
I tell you everything that is nothing and
Nothing of what's everything, of what's crying within me.

So when I am going through my routine,
Don't be fooled by what I am saying.
Please listen carefully and hear what I'm not saying.
Hear what I would like to say but what I cannot say.

It will not be easy for you as long felt inadequacies
Make my defenses strong.
The nearer you approach me, the blinder I may strike back.
Despite what books say of people, I am irrational;
I fight against the very thing I cry out for.

You wonder who I am? You shouldn't for I am
Every man and every woman you meet.
Don't be fooled by me
Or at least by the mask I wear.

Author unkown.

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Monday, January 10, 2011


"Owning our story and loving ourselves through it is the bravest thing we will ever do." Brene Brown in The Gifts of Imperfection

Brene Brown's book entitled "The Gifts Of Imperfection" is a wonderful reminder to "Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are. The book is full of human stories of people struggling to allow their world to see them as they are rather than who they are pretending to be. In her years of research on shame, she came across a population of people who were able to successfully embrace imperfection and vulnerability. They were able to show up most days in their life with a strong sense of who they are and a willingness to give life an honest shot without being obsessively attached to the outcome. They lived life to the fullest and were able to embrace the outcomes, whatever they were. They were masters of what Brene calls "Wholehearted Living".

She lists 10 guideposts that she believes make wholehearted living easier to do. They aren't a "to do" list but simply a life's work, the work of the soul. Read the list below and imagine what each of them means to you. " However afraid we are of change, the question we must ultimately answer is: What's the greater risk? Letting go of what people think or letting go of what I feel, what I believe, and who I am. ......Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It is about cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wakeup in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough."

The ten guideposts she offers are:
1. Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think

2. Cultivating Self Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism

3. Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

4. Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark

5. Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty

6. Cultivating Creativity: Letting go of Comparisoin

7. Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self Worth.

8. Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

9. Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self Doubt and "Supposed to"

10. Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and "Always in Control"

If you would like to learn more, check out Brene Brown's website at and watch her many short videos on You Tube on imperfection, shame, and compassion.
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