Simple. Life threw us all into a pool of vulnerability and forced us to experience things like never before. Our responses and reactions to global events of the past 18 months have varied but there’s no doubt that it has given us a chance to see ourselves in a new light.
“Who you are is how you lead.” Brené Brown
I remind people of this fact every time I facilitate a Dare to Lead™ program. We might have fooled ourselves into thinking we had separate work and home personas before but the pandemic proved it was a fallacy.
It only made sense for me to take a deeper look and reflect on who I am and the summer felt like a perfect time. I invite you to join me in this personal learning experience and explore the 10 Guideposts from The Gifts of Imperfection.
Start by taking Brene Brown’s wholehearted inventory
Then listen to the Unlocking Us Summer Series Podcast, (This article is about Episode 3).
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Key insight #1
Key insight #1 from this episode. A joyful life is attainable when we can appreciate simple moments and practice gratitude.
Were you able to connect to the simple things during the pandemic – having dinner together, cooking new dishes, having more game nights? All of it happening because we couldn’t be anywhere else but in our house with each other. There’s joy to be found in these simple moments. And the power of practicing gratitude in those moments will ensure that you fully embrace it. Gratitude breaks the kryptonite barrier, allowing us to stay in the joy. It prevents the panic and fear of “what if this gets take away from me”.
After listening to the podcast, I went back to the book and read more about this guidepost. I was reminded that we need to let go of scarcity and fear to truly cultivate gratitude and joy. That’s the roadblock…. when we say we need more time, more money, more sleep, more of this, more of that. Finding abundance in the past 18 months hasn’t been easy but this quote from The Gifts was a practical reminder at how it can be done.
“Addressing scarcity doesn’t mean searching for abundance but rather choosing a mindset of sufficiency. Sufficiency isn’t an amount at all. It is an experience, a context we generate, a declaration, a knowing that there is enough, and that we are enough.”
Key Insight #2
Key Insight #2 from this episode. True resilience means you’re being mindful of numbing behaviours and allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable and move through emotions.
“..people that are aware of the dangers of numbing have developed the ability to feel their way through high vulnerability experiences.”