Brief note about our next book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (it’s FREE and has a free audio version). Next week we do a bit of an intro / history to the book. We’ll start reading it in June and have the first half done by June 10th and then finish the book by June 24th.
July book: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. To be read by July 29th.
August book: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.To be read by August 26th.
I feel a sigh of satisfaction and sadness as we come to the end of this book. I’ve enjoyed the slow pace (and the short chapters!) to reflect on and go deeper with you.
In the Final Thoughts I put a star next to:
“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It’s about 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. It’s 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.”
It starts with our worthiness because God has made him in his image and delights in us. But he also desires for us to grow and mature and that takes courage, compassion, and connection.
I just paused to glance through the table on contents and review the 10 Guideposts. This is a book to pull out every few years and reread, like a checkup on my life.
My favorite word of this book is cultivate. Brene didn’t use the word tip, or strategy, or plans, or hints. No, she encouraged us to cultivate. When I think of cultivating, I think of getting my hands dirty in gardening. Of seasons of new growth, something coming to fruition and then a period of rest. Of needing to water and weed. Of work that both has natural ending points and markers of change, yet is never done.
Cultivate and let go. It’s as necessary to let go so that space can be created to cultivate.
Look back at the ten guideposts inThe Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown:
- Introductory chapters — Courage, Compassion, and Connection,
- The things that get in the way and Guidepost #1 –Cultivating Authenticity
- Guidepost #2 –Cultivating Self-Compassion
- Guidepost #3-– Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting go of numbing and powerlessness
- Guidepost #4 — Cultivating Gratitude and Joy
- Guidepost #5 — Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith
- Guidepost #6 –Cultivating Creativity
- Guidepost #7— Cultivating Play and Rest
- Guidepost #8 — Cultivating Calm and Stillness
- Guidepost #9— Cultivating Meaningful Work
- Guidepost #10— Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance
Which was especially timely? Which has stuck with you as the weeks have gone by?
How has this book impacted you? In what ways are you better for having read it? How did it disappoint or frustrate you?
Last time to … see you in the comments for this book
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