I have been pondering for a little while whether I should start writing again. I used to write regularly, not just journal, but share my thoughts with friends and others who were interested and I stopped.
Not only is writing therapeutic but as I found out today the things I wrote 10 years ago are coming back and reminding me of things I need to know today. So even if this becomes writing for posterity’s sake, writing for my own sake 10 years from now, it is beneficial.
The tagline for the blog is a reminder from Brene Brown’s writings that living wholehearted is to live with your whole heart. The following are areas she identified in her research that indicate someone who lives a wholehearted life.
Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think
Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism
Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison
Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth
Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle
Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”
Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”
I want to be someone who lives wholeheartedly. I want to be someone who lives courage.
Brene mentioned courage in her Ted Talk as the following:
“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.”
It’s time to take the plunge and live wholehearted, with courage…. 🙂