i am simultaneously typing and nibbling on a heaping bowl of pumpkin ravioli. it is the quintessential flavor of fall. i have 9 pumpkins in or around our home. there is candy corn on the counter. is it officially autumn.
i arrived home today from an amazing evening listening to the words of Brene Brown. she filled an auditorium of 2,500 loyal fans. brene is an author and researcher who studies courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness. life stuff. therapy stuff. if you haven't watched her TED Talk on vulnerability, please take 20 minutes and join 21 million other viewers. i am not a big reader, but her books captivate me. her work has moved me beyond compare. i have had true ah-ha moments through her lens. she is a teacher, a leader, an expert, a guide. her words have encouraged me to be more vulnerable and to tell my story. i feel compelled to do more. i want to be more vulnerable. this month i will. i hope you will join me.
a powerful quote that resides on the back cover of her latest best seller reads:
"the irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences, including the falls."
there is far too much shame in the world. when we don't talk about something, shame is in control. when we avoid certain topics, it is because of shame. shame keeps us disconnected. shame breeds in isolation. brene says that when people are brave, tell their stories and live their truths they morph into stronger more resilient versions of themselves. she wants us to lean into that discomfort and accept ourselves.
courage = be to imperfect
compassion = to be kind to ourselves first and then to others
connection = a result of authenticity
this month will be a book study with some of my own truths peppered in. a practice in vulnerability, yikes! i hope you snatch up her book Rising Strong. either way, i will tell you all about it.