THIS Is How You Break Out of the "New Normal" Box


All my life I think I’ve been looking for a way to be ok. I’ve pursued innumerable goals and self-improvement plans in an attempt to fulfill the “If I do X, then I’ll be ok/happy/fulfilled/perfect.” I don’t think I’m alone. I think most of us fall into this trap.

I believe 2020 is a watershed year, a year that is knocking us out of our comfort zones so that we confront whatever it is we’ve been avoiding. To that end, I’ve been looking for inspiration, a way through, a way out of, this turmoil we find ourselves in as a nation.

Listening to Brene Brown’s podcast interview with Sonya Renee Taylor gave me a glimpse of how I can be ok as I am AND what’s possible for the world AND what I can do. The interview (and book, I assume) promises possibility and pragmatism.

THIS is what it looks like to break out of the “new normal” box.

I encourage you to listen this podcast, and then if you feel moved to do so, buy Sonya Renee Taylor’s book: The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love. I know the title of the book may make it seem like this one of those self-help-y and touchy feely books.

I haven’t read the book, so I don’t really know. But at least listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

It’s uplifting, TRANSFORMATIONAL and practical. Can you really afford to pass that up?

Listen: https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-sonya-renee-taylor-on-the-body-is-not-an-apology/

Read the transcript: https://brenebrown.com/transcript/brene-with-sonya-renee-taylor/

Some juicy quotes:

“Radical self-love invites us to divest from the ladder, because the ladder is only real because we keep trying to climb it, and when we stop trying to climb the ladder, then we have no more use for the ladder. When I don’t need the ladder to assess my sense of worthiness, of enoughness, of again, inherent divinity, when I don’t need that ladder, because I understand it as my birth right, I understand it as how I arrived on the planet, I understand it as my own unique form of natural intelligence, then the ladder is of no use…

The ladder isn’t leaning against the system; the ladder is the system. It is all the things that we have built to figure out how to attain the top rung. It’s all the systems, all of them.”

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