An Opportunity to Start Again

I’ve gone a year without practicing mindfulness. In the back of mind I felt that I’ve built up a mindfulness muscle, therefore, I should be able to coast for a short while. Before I knew it that short while became a year.

Something I say a lot, but yet, I myself wasn’t following is this:

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Rising Strong by Brene Brown — Upon finishing a book, I’m giving myself a homework assignment to complete a book report. This allows me to consume the book from a different lens and mindset while forcing myself to reflect on what I’ve just read as a whole. 

Brene Brown seems to write exactly what I’m feeling in a way I can understand. They are a-ha moments of self-discovery. The underlining truth to all of this is that it’s pretty simple, but yet the most difficult as we are our biggest obstacle.

I feel the words written between the covers of Rising Strong are all the things that we as humans fundamentally know, but at the same time we don’t because of the masks and facades we create to cover them.

At a certain point in our lives we seem to disconnect from this truth. The truth of who we are. The truth of our stories, the falls, the laying face down in the arena while everyone watches.

It’s Time You Give Zero Fucks

Have you ever thought about who you become based on the people who are in the room or around the table with you?

It’s quite fascinating upon closer examination. If you sit down and notice who you become and tune into the emotions over taking your body when certain people begin to fill the room or sit down around the table.

It’s fascinating to the point you realize you become somebody you are not for the sake of who’s in the room. The fascination moves quickly to depressing. It’s disgusting how someone’s presence can have such a negative effect on us.

Creating Margin

We live in a busy world. Busy is deemed as good. Busy is how we see the world around us functioning. So in order for us to survive and thrive and be successful we must also be busy. Because the mentality is that busy is productive and productivity is success.

The reality is that being busy doesn’t necessarily equate to anything other than you are always doing something, always going somewhere, always onto the next thing, always in motion.