disclaimer: this post is lengthy and there are no stories with pretty pictures. bear with me and i hope something resonates with you all. x-melissa
it’s not often that i come on here and recommend a book. honestly, i do so much heavy reading at work and around how science works that i straight up just want to zone off the clock. i crave carefree conversation or something that stimulates me in a different way like music.
not today. reading for pleasure is something i have not explored in a long long time but i am captivated by this book: daring greatly…by brene brown. here’s an excerpt that really struck me in light of some recent harrowing news we experienced in this country. . .bolded emphasis my own
Scarcity thrives in a culture where everyone is hyper-aware of lack. Everything from safety and love to money and resources feels restricted or lacking. We spend inordinate amounts of time calculating how much we have, want, and don’t have, and how much everyone else has, needs, and wants. The greatest casualties of a scarcity culture are our willingness to own our vulnerabilities and our ability to engage with the world from a place of worthiness.
on a personal note, this draws from a speech my boss made last christmas as we embarked upon our last year before the clinical trials ended this autumn 2012. he made mention of teddy roosevelt’s speech Citizenship in a Republic highlighting this portion:
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly . . .’
this year has changed me. i was more vulnerable, even fragile at times. i have been pushed to my emotional, physical and mental limits by this challenge. no matter the outcome, i can rest assured that i gave this thing my all and devoted myself to the project, the individuals and families who continue to suffer with ALS.
do not let comparison be the thief of your joy this season! just stop what you’re doing right now and give love. listen to those around you and reach for the patience deep down that you have cultivated. simply giving of ourselves to those around us not only enhances the experience of the human condition but truly does make the world a better place in which to live.
p.s. here are some insights on the book from the TED blog…<3 TED talks!
thanks for reading TDP faithfully. i know i have a devoted set of readers and i sense your support! it’s helped me continue to scrawl out and share many variations of topics close to my heart. all the best to you ::cheers::