Book Reviews

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

the gifts of imperfection

About the Book

I can’t even begin to tell you how long this one’s been on my list!

It was well worth the wait though! Brene picks up on some really powerful concepts here, such as accepting who you truly are so that you can belong, and one of the biggest takeaways for me was just how important it is to embrace fun!

Here are a few more highlights:

 

Favourite Passages:

  • “People may call what happens at midlife ‘a crisis’, but it’s not. It’s an unraveling – a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you’re ‘supposed’ to live.” Preface

 

  • “I also know that the very best thing to do [when experiencing shame] feels totally counterintuitive: Practice courage and reach out! We have to own our story and share it with someone who has earned the right to hear it, someone whom we can count on to respond with compassion. We need courage, compassion and connection. ASAP.” Courage, Compassion and Connection: The Gifts of Imperfection

 

  • “It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve learned that playing down the exciting stuff doesn’t take the pain away when it doesn’t happen. It does, however, minimise the joy when it does. It also creates a lot of isolation. Once you’ve diminished the importance of something, your friends are not likely to call and say, ‘I’m sorry that didn’t work out. I know you were excited about it.'” Courage, Compassion and Connection: The Gifts of Imperfection

 

  • “It’s hard for us to understand that we can be compassionate and accepting while we hold people accountable for their behaviours… The key is to separate people from their behaviours – to address what they’re doing, not who they are…” Courage, Compassion and Connection: The Gifts of Imperfection

 

  • “Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” Exploring the Power of Love, Belonging, and Being Enough

 

  • “If creativity is seen as a luxury or something we do when we have spare time, it will never be cultivated. I carve out time every week to take and process and photographs, make movies, and do art projects with the kids. When I make creating a priority, everything in my life works better.” Guidepost

 

Star Rating:

4/5

Well worth the time and can easily be blasted through in one sitting!

Highly recommend!

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