Courage, Compassion, Connection: Thailand – 11th of August

September 12, 2013

I try to keep a sort of poetic journal of life – readings, locations, photographs, things, animals, general stuff that is going on.  I like reading a variety of books and usually read a few at the same time. Currently I am reading a book on science/botany, a couple of fantasy novels, and I just finished reading a self-help book called “Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. Here are some thoughts of mine inspired by hers I wrote a month ago.

“To practice courage, compassion, and connection is to look at life and everyone and thing in it and say, “I’m all in.” This may sound cheesy or like lines from a self-help book, but it is true, and dismissing it is easier than saying yes and then considering the largest question; ‘where to start?’ Because where can you start if you have been dwelling in shame all your life and reflecting distorted mirrors of yourself? You can’t live in the past, building a house on lists of apologies. And you can’t just change immediately and seem insincere.”

This may seem brief and incomplete and using the word ‘shame’ will bring up some negative connotations, but the word needs to be taken in the right way to understand it. For some people admitting to reading a ‘self help’ book may be a trigger for shame. However, most people will admit to working all day in depressing for job for something and someone that they do not like, but they would not set aside 30 minutes in a day to do something that is beneficial for themselves.

These are only brief thoughts from myself. I like self-help books because we can always find good advice and ways to become better people. I found this book by chance from another blogger’s (sorry, forget the name!) post. It is brief and has a lot of great personal stories and advice.

Peace and regards,



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