“… because if you carry belonging in your heart, it is not negotiated externally with other people.”

~ Brene Brown

I have been reading Brene Brown for a while and it has been empoweringly and encouragingly helpful in my life. I really love how she looks at vulnerability and courage and how to accept / embrace those shadows and make the most of it. I came across this video last night (and watched it again this morning), and thought it is so much easier to share this than to quote her whole book. This video talks about belonging and braving when we don’t belong, and finding that magic when dare to we stand alone.

“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” ~ Maya Angelou

In a very sad sad way, this clip does tie in a little with the ragtag daily prompt shibboleth. “… behind those ideological bunkers, it is not that we are deeply connected to each other, we just hate the same people“. It is painfully true these days that hate may be the shibboleth that people find connection. It is so unhealthy.

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  1. That’s “lightness traveling”. I’ve long held that the human condition is fundamentally the result of three drivers: fear, loneliness, and boredom. And overcoming one can bring a person into conflict with another. There’s an American rhetorical idiom usually associated with the flag as an identifying shibboleth that, “Freedom isn’t free.” There’s a deep irony in the truth of the matter. Either way, the price is conformity.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yea it is a super loaded topic.
      It’s been depressing over here these couple of days… suddenly feels like I have been living in a fairytale and now back to the real world. I’ll blog about it when I feel less distraught. (Big incident in SG… but something very normalised in US…)

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