“Our authenticity is tied to what is de-pressed and what is ex-pressed.”

—Mark Nepo, Author of The Book of Awakening

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If you are a consistent reader of The Quotable Coach you know by now that I am a big fan of Mark Nepo. As a poet and a student of life he beautifully says things that almost always touch my heart and soul.

I have found his authentic courage to speak his truth to be a doorway to places within me I didn’t even know were locked.

De-pressing many emotions over the years seemed like a good strategy to protect myself and avoid potential judgement and pain I might encounter. My introverted tendencies and living a somewhat quiet life certainly have an upside, however I have discovered that they also incur numerous costs.

A recent blog post by Chip Conley pointed out that self-expression and living out loud as we age is a primary reason for increased happiness.


Where are you currently hiding or de-pressing aspects of yourself?  How can and will
ex-pressing some of these parts of you lead you toward a more authentic and happier life?

Please consider reading the work of Brené Brown. Her books, The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly are two of my favorites.