It’s Week 3 of the Brené Brown e-course.
The topic: CULTIVATING SELF-COMPASSION
The goal: Letting go of Perfectionism
So, I’m half-way through this e-course. I don’t know that I’m getting too much out of it. I don’t struggle with shame or guilt. I don’t talk down to myself. Actually, I have pretty decent self-esteem. I thought maybe going through this course and reading Brené’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, I would uncover some shame or guilt that I had been suppressing.
So what I am getting out of this? Why did I spend $80 if I don’t even have the emotional baggage that she’s talking about.
I’m finding a new creative outlet.
As I’ve talked about before, my job is pretty mundane. I live in a cubicle and my work doesn’t take a lot of mental effort. I can’t see the sun unless I leave for lunch or go into someone else’s office. My blog has become so important to me because it was a creative outlet from a place that left me stuck in a box.
This course is a new and different type of outlet. I find myself looking forward to coming home on Monday nights to watercolor.
Is that silly? Maybe. Am I ok with that? YES!
Today’s assignment was to find two pictures where I could have used some compassion, and write compassionate words to say to myself when I’m in that situation.
I’m not exactly rolling in pictures for two reasons:
- My parents chose not to photograph my childhood.
- It’s 2013. I don’t print pictures. I keep them on my computer.
For this assignment, I ripped these pictures out of magazines. But, in all honesty, these pictures describe me pretty well.
And, yes, these are actually the things I tell myself when I’m in these situations.
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