Sep 29 2011

The inherent need to share

Peggy McPartland

Every day on my path toward this new life I witness incredible acts of sharing. I have never met a community more open and willing to share their knowledge and support with each other.

It’s as if whenever we learn any new remarkable thing we’re bursting to share it with those around us. We can’t wait to get it down in writing so it’s there for anyone who might benefit from it.

Sharing is human nature. It comes from a deep place of abundance. Our lives, our knowledge and our happiness are never decreased by being shared. Rather, it brings immense delight to us to know we’re providing something significant to those around us.

We share our stories, our experiences and our knowledge. The generosity flows freely. It brings us so much pleasure to share and to know someone finds value in what we have to offer.

We have an inherent need to be a part of something and to belong to a community. One way of seeking  those relationships is by sharing. The very act of sharing grows and nurtures our relationships.

 

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

– Norman MacEwan

 

Our knowledge is too important to keep to ourselves. We’re like information-packed books that beg to be read. If we just sit on the shelves, that valuable knowledge is unexplored.

Sharing information allows us to process it more fully. We’re able to understand it differently by getting responses to it from the people around us.

Our need to share gives us the incredible opportunity of influencing and  challenging the thinking of others. It brings us joy to enrich the lives of those around us.

It also lets others know what’s important to us and what our values are. It shows what we care about and how we think. It defines who we are to others.

We make the world a better place by sharing.

So to everyone who so generously shares their knowledge, experiences and insight, from deep in my heart I thank you!

 

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Sep 22 2011

Are you living wholeheartedly?

Peggy McPartland

This week has been incredible. Everywhere I’ve turned I found inspiration. And it comes at a time when I need it most.

I’m feeling immense gratitude to those who so generously share their insight and inspiration.

I stumbled upon a truly amazing video on vulnerability and wholeheartedness. It’s inspired me and touched me deeply.

Brene′ Brown, a researcher who has spent the past decade studying the concept of wholeheartedness, is warm, funny and incredibly insightful. She speaks of authenticity, vulnerability, courage and living wholeheartedly.

I keep returning to this thought-provoking video. It’s that powerful.

Brene′ describes living wholeheartedly as having the courage to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.  It’s a very powerful and beautiful concept.

I’ve realized that in spite of the progress I’ve made, I still shield my true self from the world. I’m afraid to be seen.

We hate the feeling of being vulnerable. It scares us. Yet we can’t have true connection without allowing ourselves to really be seen for who we are, not who we think others want us to be.

Why is it that we think we have to be strong and brave and be in control? Wouldn’t it be better to be vulnerable and open?  I know, it’s a scary thought.

We simply can’t control and predict what’s happening around us. There’s a certain freedom to allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. What a relief it would be to be nothing other than truly ourselves.

“Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”

We long for connection but are afraid that if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and really seen, we won’t be worthy of that connection.  We want so badly to fit in and belong yet keep ourselves from the very thing that will allow that connection.

Are you courageous enough to be imperfect? And to know that in your imperfection you’re enough – just as you are, flaws and all?

It is possible to live our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness.  We’re no longer that shy ten-year-old and don’t have to live as if we are.

There’s nothing to fear by making ourselves vulnerable. Our vulnerability shows others the beauty of who we really are.

When we open ourselves up authentically and fully embrace vulnerability, we can begin to truly connect with others. We have to make that choice each day – to be authentic, vulnerable and courageous.

We must trust from the deepest reaches of our heart that “I am enough.”

Let’s commit to making that choice together – to be courageous and authentic every day and live our lives wholeheartedly.

Vulnerability is frightening, but trust that it gets easier as we embrace it more fully.

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Sep 19 2011

Travel Snapshot: Playa del Carmen

Peggy McPartland

Crystal clear Caribbean, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

 

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