Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.” Its going to bed at night thinking “Yes I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”
This is an excerpt from Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. I have spent several days contemplating Brene’s work and have to say, applied generally it explains a lot and is a great approach to life. When viewed from the perspective of one suffering from a chronic pain condition, it is particularly poignant. Believing that I am worthy or love and belonging when I am incapable of working, of meeting up with friends, of visiting my horse, is a personal challenge. To believe that completing tasks is not equated to being enough is another concept that is difficult to implement. Self love and acceptance in essential to well being and health and a personal goal, changing my self talk is a first step. A quote from The Help by Kathryn Stockett seems to sum it up:
You is kind. You is smart. You is important.