Life grows by being given away.
Last week, I googled, “What are spanx?” for the second time in my life.
A few years ago, I read a book that referenced Sara Blakely, the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire. Growing up, her father regularly asked her at the dinner table how she had failed that week. He celebrated her failures because failing indicated that she was trying things out and growing as a person.
The book mentioned that Blakely had started a company called Spanx. The first Google result told me that Spanx was a brand of “shapewear.” I had no clue what that meant.
Last week, I came across a delightful video of Blakely giving her employees $10,000 and two first-class plane tickets to anywhere in the world.
Who is this woman? Also, what are spanx?
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis cites the bishops of Latin America in saying that “life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore.”
Blakeley’s father taught her from an early age to embrace insecurity. Her life has grown by giving it away.