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about 1000 days of daring greatly

"1000 days of Daring Greatly" is a personal project by Yummii

The project is based on the book; "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown

For 1000 days, Yummii has set out to take action and be in the arena of her life. She is to discover the realm of Daring Greatly.

Her journey is about discovering courage, vulnerability, and ultimately, mastering the art of living wholeheartedly - and being wholehearted.

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Saturday
Jan072017

Day 284: Daring to choose innocence

It's 2017. I love new beginnings. Whether it's a new day, a new moon, a new year - new beginnings brings a realm of hope and opportunity. The opportunity for one to transcend our own beliefs. 

Being a mum to Avery has given me the opportunity to place more awareness on beliefs that no longer serve me - especially the unconscious ones. 

A few days ago, I was in conversation with a friend about what it is like to travel with an 8 month old baby.

In this conversation, my friend asked how it has been for us?.

My sentiment was it has been very different however I love sharing this experience with Avery. Instead of a travel experience with just John and I; our travel adventures are now shared amongst 3 human beings.

My friend laughed and responded with;  "Call me jaded however it's just not the same is it?! You can't enjoy it as much".

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For the last few days, I've been thinking about how we become "jaded".

To become jaded is to loose the innocence in which we see the world. In loosing this innocence, we also loose wonderment, curiosity, and the ability to welcome the world around us with open arms and an open heart.

The impact of this is the lack of empathy, understanding, and kindness. The biggest impact however is on us. When we lack empathy, understanding, and kindness, we also loose connection, the experience of joy, and the experience of love.

I started thinking; "Have I become jaded?"

Are there beliefs within my sub-conscious which hinder the gentleness and innocence that is part of our authentic self? Where am I jaded in my own life? What beliefs am I not willing to pass onto Avery? - Children learn from what you do, act, and the choices you make - not from what you say.

There is no right or wrong in the thoughts that you choose to think or believe.

Your thoughts can empower you or disempower you. Your thoughts have the ability to allow you to expand your heart or contract your connection with others. Your thoughts can breathe life through you or they can kill you slowly with fear, worry, and guilt. 

And we have a choice. We can choose our thoughts.

I thought of Avery - full of innocence, living in the moment, free of inhibitions; how would it impact him if his mother was "jaded"?.

Sure there needs to be an internal filter in our tool set of emotions to protect us from dire circumstances and harm from others - however that need not be the default.

What if the default was to be open, to be filled with curiousity, to be innocent?

To give others the benefit of the doubt, to see the world with wide eye wonder, and to believe in goodness - This default may make us vulnerable and it is where the courageous and wholehearted are to be found.

I'll gladly meet Avery there. 

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