Book of the Week: Daring Greatly, How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead

“If we want freedom from perfectionism, we have to make the long journey from “What will people think?” to “I am enough.” That journey begins with shame resilience, self-compassion, and owning our stories. 
To claim the truths about who we are, where we come from, what we believe, and the very imperfect nature of our lives, we have to be willing to give ourselves a break and appreciate the beauty of our cracks or imperfections. To be kinder and gentler with ourselves and each other. 
To talk to ourselves the same way we’d talk to someone we care about.”
– Brené Brown, Daring Greatly. 

This is another book I’ll dip in and out of throughout my life. It is essential reading. For the head and the heart. An awakening and insightful read that made me feel more human. 

Brené Brown so eloquently discusses vulnerability and how it is a strength, not a weakness, and the centre of meaningful human experiences. She discusses shame, perfectionism, and the scarcity or “never enough” culture we live in. 

We learn about connection and belonging and how they play a part in “Wholehearted living”, which is characterised by behaviour or beliefs that facilitate meaningful engagement and growth. 

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

“When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.”

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