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Don’t be afraid to tell your story

29 Apr

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.

Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Several months ago, I discovered the work of Dr. Brené Brown and was immediately inspired. I feel I won’t do her justice by summarizing her work here, but, in a nutshell, she is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she studies and teaches about vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.

Sounds scary, I know.

However, she has convinced me that these are some of the core concepts of living an engaged and balanced life.

My introduction to her was through her TEDx talk on the power of vulnerability. I was immediately struck by her willingness to speak personally about her struggle with the very issues she chose to research in others. She is a truly gifted storyteller who translates her academic research into beautiful lessons we all can take to heart.

She encourages us to own and share our stories in an effort to live an authentic and wholehearted life.

I am currently enrolled in an online course being taught by Brené titled, Ordinary Courage: Lessons on Love, Shame & Worthiness.  The course guides us through lessons based on her books and lectures and challenges us with activities that help put these abstract concepts into action.

Since the core concept of the course is telling our stories, I plan to share some of my thoughts and insights here over the next several weeks.

Here’s to telling our stories to those who are worthy of our trust.

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