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Using Your Gifts of Imperfection

          February, 2019

Quote of the month  

As psychologist and writer 
Harriet Lerner says, "Anxiety is extremely contagious, but so is calm." 

As quoted from 
the book
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, writer.

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Post-Masters Degree-Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University


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Private Practice 

since 2008


Married 30 years


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I have recently finished a wonderful book by Brene Brown entitled  The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. This book is a guideline on how to live a wholehearted life. I wanted to share some of the book's highlights in the hopes of reaching some individuals who may be struggling. In this world of social media impacting how we are supposed to think and feel and look, it's no wonder this book is needed.

This book has some extremely inspirational messages that should be read by everyone as a reminder. As always, please pass along this information to someone you feel may benefit from this information, or even better...go to Amazon and order the book for yourself or for someone you love. You can find the link to this and many other great reads on my website, www.dabalmft.com.

Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT
305 Miron Drive 
Southlake, TX 76092
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From The Positive Perspective......    

The first quote of the book.... "Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It's going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging." And that is just page one. Wow!!!! We all need that message.

This book talks about loving and accepting ourselves for all of our faults as well as our strengths. Can you love and accept yourself for who you are.... right now....not tomorrow after you get that perfect haircut and not in 2 months when you have lost that 15 pounds you need to lose...but right now? Can you look in the mirror and say "I love you" to yourself. It can be a powerful moment...give it a try.

Another quote from the book..."If we want to live and love with our whole hearts, and if we want to engage with the world from a place of worthiness, we have to talk about the things that get in the way --- especially shame, fear and vulnerability." To do that, we have to be honest with ourselves and look at things like why we are eating until the whole bag of chips is gone, why we are up until 2am finishing our child's project or baking the perfect cookies for the bunco luncheon tomorrow. It's great to do things because we enjoy them and we get satisfaction out of them, but are we engaging in activities because of what we want others to think or because of what others don't think of us?

The book is a collection of 10 Guideposts of how to achieve that Wholehearted Life. Guidepost # 1 is entitled "Cultivating Authenticity". Guidepost #4 is entitled, "Cultivating Gratitude and Joy" just as a couple of examples. It is a great read for those who want to take this year and get on track with accepting who you are. We all want to be our best, but we need to be careful that we are not striving to be what someone else tells us is our best.

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I welcome feedback regarding the newsletter or questions about my practice.  I can be reached at maryellen@dabalmft.com .  I cannot, however, give advice through email. For more information on my practice please visit my website: www.dabalmft.com

I wish you well...