Current weight: 172
Lost this week: 2 lbs.
Total weight lost: 36.5 lbs.
Sometimes, I’m along via the speaker phone in my daughter’s car when she drops my two granddaughters off at school. I always hear the same refrain. The oldest says, “Is my hair okay? Is my face clean?” Her mom assures her she is fine and away she goes. All I hear from the younger is a quick, “Bye, Grandma,” and the door slamming shut.
The younger is self-assured to a fault. It would never occur to her that anything is off about her appearance and if she found out something was, she would simply shrug her shoulders make a necessary adjustment (or not) and move on. She is the star of her own life story. Firmly placed right in the center, sure of her direction.
And why shouldn’t she be? Why shouldn’t we all be for that matter. After all, our life is the only one we will ever have. Why not take a starring role. No hanging back on the sidelines waiting to live. The moment is now, the time is at hand.
We recently watched a Brene Brown special on Netflix entitled, The Call to Courage. Do see it if you get a chance. Brown is a researcher, a five times New York Times best-selling author, a Texan and a powerful speaker. Her TED talk on vulnerability is one of the most viewed TED talks ever.
Brene has spent the last two decades studying shame, fear and the links between courage and vulnerability. In my opinion, she is a unique academic who brings as much passion and oomph to presenting her research as she has to the work of gathering the data.
“Owning our own story and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
Here are a couple of nuggets I took from listening to Brene Brown speak. Courage and vulnerability walk hand-in-hand. Better to be the one who dared greatly and truly lived than the one who stood on the sidelines of life and watched the years flow by. And this wonderful anecdote she told about her daughter at a swim meet. The girl was crying that she could never win her upcoming race. Her mother said, “No, you can’t win. But maybe winning for you doesn’t mean coming in first. Maybe it means getting out to the blocks and into the water.”
Thought for the upcoming week – we are winning in so many ways everyday without ever seeing those wins for what they are. Let’s allow ourselves to be vulnerable, let’s walk through that minefield where we will be seen – warts and all – and keep right on walking to the point where we find the courage to be the star of our life story!
Got this little nugget of joy last week!