The holiday break has allowed for some much needed quiet reading time for me. In fact, I started this book a couple of months ago, let it sit in the side pocket of my car door, and just this weekend I dove right back into it. Timing is not a coincidence. This time around, my heart and mind were more ready to receive the content than a couple of months ago. In Rising Strong by Brene Brown, she has a solution for Living BIG. My hope for you as you make your goals and resolutions for 2017 is to examine how your emotions and stories contribute to your goals. We make up stories (and assign meaning) about our emotions, our bodies, our thinking, our beliefs, and our actions. Take a peek at what Brene Brown in Rising Strong has to say...
In Rising Strong, she challenges us to be curious with our emotions, reckon with those emotions and the stories we tell ourselves and live by, and to rumble with them by owning them and living our truth. "We take the edge off emotional pain with a whole bunch of stuff, including alcohol, drugs, food, sex, relationships, money, work, caretaking, gambling, affairs, religion, chaos, shopping, planning, perfectionism, constant change, and the Internet...we fill every ounce of white space with something so there's no room or time for emotion to make itself known."
So how do we create space for emotion and truth? How do we not fill 2017 in with all things that numb us?
Living BIG: Boundaries, Integrity, Generosity
Living BIG requires us to ask: "What boundaries do I need to put in place so I can work from a place of integrity and extend the most generous interpretation of the intentions, words, and actions of others?"
Living BIG in 2017 involves examining your goals, expectations, needs, and boundaries. It is believing people are doing the best they can. It is being very clear about what's acceptable and what's not acceptable, while choosing courage over comfort.
This is as much of the book and the solution as I will leave with you. It's a good read. Really. She would probably want you to read it yourself.