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Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Anne Lamott

You want to be the weakest person in the room

You want to be the weakest person in the room.

The weakest student, teacher, parent and colleague.

Because then you can learn and grow from those who are stronger than you.

You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

So raise your average.

If you are the strongest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.

We all strive to be competent.  To do things right.  To not make mistakes.  To not look weak.  But the only way to evolve is to fall down and rise again.

In order to do this we have to try.  We have to share.  We have to be vulnerable.  We have to take a chance.  We have to embrace failure.

And by doing this, you can find a beautiful treasure that you had no idea was there.

As author Anne Lamott said, “We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again.  It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea.  You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”

We are on that ship together.  And we are waiting for you to sing.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t hit the right notes.  It’s far worse if you don’t start singing at all.

 

Bird by bird

In Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird, she reminds us how to get through writing and life when she says, “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day.  We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.  Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'” Continue reading

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