Posts tagged #identity

The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Done

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In a beautiful TED talk about injustice, human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson explains how powerful the role of identity is in shaping our lives and decisions. 

One incredible line from his talk has always stuck with me: “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” 

I think of how often we define ourselves by our mistakes.  We might replay the time we hurt someone, whether accidentally or intentionally as a result of our own pain, as evidence that we don’t deserve to be happy.  

Posted on September 18, 2014 .

How To Make Loss Hurt Less

     Watch the video! "Drop It" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #3)

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle explains how we teach a child (let’s say a girl, for pronoun simplification) that the words “I,” “my,” and “mine” mean that something “belongs” to her.  But more than being possessive, these concepts cause the child to identify objects with herself.  When the child loses “her toy,” she perceives that she is losing a piece of herself. 

Posted on August 21, 2014 .