by Beth Haley
The interesting thing with my books… they open up to what I need to read. When I grabbed “Braving the Wilderness” today for some reading time, of course I opened to the topic of boundaries:
“Boundaries. What’s okay in a discussion and what’s not? How do you set a boundary when you realize you’re knee-deep in BS?” –Brené Brown
My thought and saying, when around BS is, “Just keep it real.” I don’t want the illusion. I don’t want the fantasy, or “nice” sounding words. Just keep it real. What is it really?
I may still be reading about boundaries, but I felt like writing about something different today.
Some people have a strong sense of belonging, but sometimes this strength is shown in unexpected ways. It may be seen in its strongest form within those who stand alone. They are people who understand their own path, and who know the deepest sense of their own belonging by standing alone in their integrity when needed. They belong to themselves and are guided by their beliefs.
“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” –Brené Brown, “Braving the Wilderness”
Sometimes we need to stand alone in our wilderness. Yet the desire for connection, cannot be denied. We are wired for intimacy, and each of us needs to belong.
The goal isn’t just to be “liked.” Your authentic self won’t please everyone.
When you stand in the land of your belonging,
You will know you have come as your own.
Just as you are, you will own it, this land you will come to call home.
It strikes me that i didn’t get very far away from boundaries today, despite the try.
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