The Courage to Be Imperfect

Don’t watch this video unless you’re ready to do some self-reflection that may even change how you see yourself as you head out into the world today.  My husband shared this with me because … well if you read this post then you know exactly why he shared it with me.  In fact, every time she described herself he looked at me with that, ‘She sounds exactly like you!’ look.  Ok – he actually came right out and said it.

While this video touched me in particular because perfectionism is one of the big issues that always needs addressing in my life, I’m sure her message is applicable on some level to anyone reading this right now.  It’s about being wholehearted and authentic and having the courage to be imperfect in order to connect with ourselves and others.

So here’s your 20 minute Sunday sermon substitute 🙂

Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy? Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011).


2 thoughts on “The Courage to Be Imperfect

  1. So yah, I struggle with vulnerability all the time. Can be very defensive and can sometimes lash-out. I like to think that I have a strong sense of justice, but no – I mean, I may, but that’s not it. That’s not the driving force. Alot of what she said really resonated. Feeling like you’re not enough. Phew. Going to watch this one again..
    Thanks Brenda

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