The Humble Journey to Greatness

cheryl-strayed-quoteLooking forward to tonight’s “Super Soul” where we take a look at Cheryl Strayed’s “The Humble Journey to Greatness”.

Oprah introduces the talk from Cheryl’s new book, Brave Enough”:  “You let time pass. That’s the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day you find yourself alone on a bench in the sun and you close your eyes and lean your head back and you realize you’re okay.”

If that quote isn’t enough, Cheryl gives us a lot of food of thought in this talk that I thought I would bullet below and let you soak in for awhile:

  • What happens when we don’t act upon our greatest intentions?
  • What happens when we say one thing and do another?
  • What happens when we only have ourselves to blame?

Cheryl quotes Flannery O’Connor – To know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks.  It is to measure oneself against Truth, and not the other way around.  The first product of self knowledge is humility.

  • The hardest journey is the one we battle alone, the one where we have to face the ugly truth.
  • It isn’t who you want to be but coming to a reckoning of who you turned out to be.
  • Don’t let your “dreams ruin your life” means don’t set your dreams so high that you never achieve any of them.
  • Cheryl brings it back to yoga.  It’s not about achieving the perfect pose, it’s about reaching for it.
  • Make good on your intentions.
  • No longer saying that I am something and being another.
  • The very best things you have to give us are what you alone have to offer.  Learning how to put that uniqueness out into the world is your endeavor.
  • It’s not about paying attention to anyone’s script of success or goodness.
  • Sing with your own voice – that is your GREATNESS.

Can’t wait to dive into more of this tonight!

Much Love,


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