10 Things #5
Jan 6, 2020
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TWIL (This Week I Learned.)

This week I learned and grew from fumbles. I got to practice observing myself in my imperfect, often awkward human skin. Yikes! The good news: I am {we are all} perfectly imperfect.


"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual  differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is  open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a  nurturing family." — Virginia Satir


“Watch yourself, Joe.  Think about what I've said.  You've gotta get yourself into a flexible frame or you're no place.” Mr. Waturi to Joe in “Joe Vs The Volcano” by John Patrick Shanely (follow him on Twitter)


A “flexible frame” — flexible — open to new information and open to change but also within a solid frame. Consider your frame this week. Consider what is unchanging, what your values are, what makes you authentically happy.


Go here for some help figuring out what your values are, what makes you authentically happy. Martin Seligman has dedicated his later career to figuring out what makes us authentically happy. This week, explore your core: what makes you tick, what makes you imperfectly perfect.


January 6, 1412 It’s Joan of Arc’s birthday!

  1. POD (Poem of the day — links to the Poetry Foundation Audio Poem of the Day
  2. Song (Reflection on who you are.)
  3. Video.  (“Joe Goes Shopping” Clip from Joe vs The Volcano — 1990 movie written and directed by John Patrick Shanely.)
  4. Hero: Haben Girma, First DeafBlind graduate from Harvard Law
    Why?   She’s lifting others up.
    She graduated from Harvard Law in 2013 and has just published her memoir about this feat. In the interview I linked to above, what became obvious to me was how much of who she is is shaped by climbing and then lifting others up. What a role model.

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