In my office, I use Brene Brown’s Authenticity Pledge as my screen saver.
I just love it.
Last week, during a meeting with a client, I ducked out of my office for something. When I came back, he was turned around in his chair, reading the Authenticity Pledge.
That led to us, after we had done our paperwork, to having a much longer chat. About life. About living. About choices.
After he left, I had an impulse. Why not buy him a copy of Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection? This particular client would be going through lots of “I’m not _______ enough” as he makes his way through a life decision (divorce) that was not his own.
I haven’t even read this book myself, but I love the idea that there are gifts in all of us that come from our very imperfection that we usually try to hide from the world.
Anyway, I decided to just act on that impulse.
I ordered a copy (and a spare – who knows where that one will end up!?!) and within a couple of days it had arrived. I immediately added some words of my own, and got it away in the mail.
The next day after seeing another client, when we finished our meeting, I really felt that it had been both for her and for me had been pretty emotionally draining. As she stood to leave, I thought that I would really love a coffee and by the looks of her, so could she. So I suggested to her that we grab a coffee together.
We took a walk to the end of our street, to a gorgeous little cafe and art gallery (yes!) that is so cute and welcoming and quiet and arty and just such an absolute sanctuary from my work office.
I love their sign. Welcome to Mosphere 🙂
Even more, I love the relaxed peaceful vibe when I step inside.
I just love it. Nothing matches. It all just works, without a matchy matchy set in sight.
So, we sat in the quiet, surrounded by the beauty and emotion of some pretty amazing art, and talked. Not much about why we were working together, but a lot more about yoga and working and puppy dogs and our kids.
Then as we were leaving the lovely owner made sure we took some of her chilli’s. There to be shared, with those who would like them. I gladly took a few, and felt a real circle of kindness around me.
I wonder when you next feel an impulse for kindness, and what might happen if you just act on that impulse. And where the circle of kindness might complete it’s loop around you.