Thursday, October 15, 2015

Laughter, song, dance, and the end

Finishing up Brene Brown's great little book 'The Gifts of Imperfection.' Today I write about guidepost #10, and some final thoughts from/on the book.

The final guidepost is: "Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and 'Always In Control'."

She starts off with the Mark Twain quote:
"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."

Most people recognize the benefits of laughter, song, and dance; she wondered if there was a shared transformational element though. This is what she learned from her data:
"Laughter, song, and dance create emotional and spiritual connection; they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration, or healing: We are not alone."

I didn't really have much else from this last chapter, plus I'm kind of losing interest in blogging something I read so long ago. And... you know... I'm not much into laughing, singing or dancing at the moment.


Some final thoughts from the end of the book, and in general... I really liked this book. It was short and pretty much to the point. Also the idea that she stresses throughout:
"The truth is that meaningful change is a process."

Not one person has fully "arrived." We are all works in process. So the only real question is how we're going to go about it. We can resist, or we can embrace. There ya go.

[This is a really poor final post. It didn't do the book justice. I would like to read this book again. Soon.]