Category Archives: self-development

Be yourself, be authentic

Words of wisdom by this wonderful lady Brene Brown. She couldn’t find a definition for authenticity, so she just made one up

au·then·tic·i·ty /ˌôTHenˈtisədē/

Authenticity is a choice and needs practise.

Authenticity is the daily practise of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.

Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, expressing compassion that comes from knowing that we’re all made of strength and struggle and nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe we’re enough.

Authenticity demands whole-hearted living and loving even when it’s hard.

Even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it.

Mindfully practising authenticity during our soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives.

This was an extract out of an audiobook that I highly recommend to anyone, called “The power of vulnerability”, Brene Brown

It’s one of the best and funniest audiobooks I’ve listened to!

When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind

These are pretty little pieces of a wonderful movie called

‘WONDER’ by R.J. Palacio

Big big recommendation from my side, enjoy the following heartwarming words of beauty

(This will taste a lot better after you watched it yourself and became friends with all the nice people)

But don’t worry, u don’t have to eat the whole cake at a time 😀

 

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“It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.”

“When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”

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“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”

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“I didn’t destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that’s not easy, even if you’re not me.”

“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”

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“A fresh start gives us the chance to reflect on the past, weigh the things we’ve done, and apply what we’ve learned from those things to the future. If we don’t examine the past, we don’t learn from it.”

“You don’t need your eyes to love, right? You just feel it inside you. That’s how it is in heaven. It’s just love, and no one forgets who they love.”

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“But I really believe, and Daddy really believes, that there are more good people on this earth than bad people, and the good people watch out for each other and take care of each other.”

“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.”

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“Learning who you are is what you are here to do.”

“The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average — though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”

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“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

“Auggie can’t change the way he looks, but we can change the way we see.”

All rights and thanks to Sadie Trombetta. I hope she forgives me for stealing all the pictures and the quotes from https://www.bustle.com/p/can-you-ever-forgive-me-is-the-one-movie-every-woman-needs-to-see-this-october-12023785

but I was just too lazy to reinvent the wheel and she did a great job!

On judging yourself less harshly

When you go into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees.
Some of them are bent,
some of them are straight,
some of them are evergreens
and some of them are – whatever.
And you look at the tree
and you just – allow it.
You appreciate it.
You see why it is the way it is,
you sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light,
and so it turned that way, and you don’t get all emotional about it, you just allow it.
You appreciate the tree.
Tree Head
The minute you get near humans,
you lose all that, and you’re constantly saying,“You’re too this,” or “I’m too this,” or – that judging mind comes in.

And so I practice turning people into trees,

which means appreciating them just the way they are.

-Ram Dass

 

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