My mountain friend, G, sent me a YouTube video that I thought was worthy of passing on. It’s a recent TEDx talk given by Dr. Brené Brown, a social worker from the University of Houston. With some reluctance she describes herself as a researcher-storyteller whose major piece of work is about shame, “excruciating vulnerability” and human connection. I’ll pass on G’s invitation, too, in that I hope you’ll take a half an hour to “make a cup of tea and sit a bit and let it sink in.”
Click here for the video.
As I sat a bit and let Dr. Brown’s message sink in, I recalled one of my favourite poems by one of my favourite poets, David Whyte:
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
And the same day, I received this tender reminder “to breathe rather than try, to relax rather than offer effort, to smile rather than struggle, to be rather than do.”
I am enough and so are you.