no shame

Don’t try to win over the haters, you are not a jackass whisperer. ~ Brene Brown

There are people who love you, people who care, people who think you’re great……who still say things that can bring you down.

Words can be taken in a discouraging way.  People’s opinions that differ from yours.  People who have handled situations differently.

People who believe {more prayer} is the answer.  People who don’t believe in {prayer} at all.

People who think yoga is of the devil and people who do yoga on a regular basis.

We’re told not to concern ourselves with the opinions of others.

We’re taught to be grown ups, independent, free.

Until our independence conflicts with someone in charge.  Or someone who believes he or she is in charge.

Questions?  Can we safely ask them out loud?  Or only in a journal so the pages can be ripped out {if need be}?

Reading about shame.

Shame derives its power from being unspeakable. ~Brene Brown

People have thoughts on what you’re supposed to be.  I have thoughts on what I’m supposed to be.

If we are going to find our way out of shame and back to each other, vulnerability is the path and courage is the light. To set down those lists of *what we’re supposed to be* is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly. ~Brene Brown

Lay it down, set it down, throw it out like garbage.

Yet concerned we might find the list again.  In our planner.  Or wallet.  Or handbag.  Or maybe it’s written on the bathroom mirror.  Or maybe we just write out another list.  Just because we’re so used to the {what we’re supposed to be} list.

Be authentic, vulnerable, bold.  Be honest.

The process.  The means to the end.  The road or the journey or the pathway you choose.

It’s downhill until someone gets snarky.  Until you listen to the voice of unreason.  Until you can’t sleep and really just need a few words of encouragement that don’t seem to come.

Be yourself?  What if you don’t really like yourself?  At least not today.

Pick yourself up?  Remember courage is the light?  Love yourself.  Love others.  Love God.

Love God, love others, love myself.

Just love.  Maybe just love.  Despite discouragement and the voices and the lists.

Be better.  Look better.  Eat better.  Wish I could sing better.  Maybe just love better.  Myself, others, God.

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