Posts Tagged With: Brene Brown

Courage

I do not know what it is exactly, but in the 2 work days since Trump officially took office it feels like Facebook is burning down with politics and horribleness.  I know we expected this, but I didn’t expect it so soon, guys.  I had planned to write a blog post about the women’s march, but I feel like people are fighting over even that these days.  And that, to be honest, was more fun, communal, and inspiring than the militantly hostile or revolutionary event non-supporters seem to think it was.

So I will spare you the politics and plan to write about the march another time.

Then I thought I would just put a photo gallery up of some nice things I saw last year, to soothe.  But I realized that I didn’t post much on Instagram last year or even take many photos at all.  The photos I take with my good camera are so much better than the crap I get from my cell phone that I was feeling like I shouldn’t post unless they were the awesome and fancy ones.  I know… I’ve cured myself of that.  I cured myself by realizing the thing I like most about my Instagram feed is that it’s a little record of all the positive stuff that has happened in the year.  So I’m trying not to care about quality and just going for affection.  Quality is bonus.  But most of the nice things that happened last year? Undocumented.

I cannot tell you exactly why I feel this way, but this year seems to be one that is gearing up for a lot of change, and not just in the government.  Nothing definitive has happened yet, but I feel it in the air… the pause before the thunder, the crouch before the jump.  I’ve been reading a lot of Brene Brown in the new year, and I came across this quote of hers, below.  I intend to take it as a motto for this year.  And in this time of tribulation, I especially recommend Rising Strong if you’re looking for some Neosporin for those political wounds.  I read Brene and my path, in life in general, seems a lot easier to bear.

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Book Review: I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brene Brown

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I had heard Brown’s TED talk several times, and her follow up TED talk as well.  She’s a strange bundle of confidence, scientific method, insecurity, and hilarity.  At the end of it all you just have to love and trust her.  And she has powerful things to say in her scant few minutes of time in front of the camera.  I’ve been thinking for a while that I should pick up a book of hers because she had such moving things to say, but I’m a horrible procrastinator and I kinda hate driving.  All things that conspire to keep me out of the book shop.

Brian and I were picking an audio book at Barnes and Noble for our road trip when I saw the book (who have the worst selection of audio books I have ever seen, by the way.  We ended up with Audible instead).  I scoffed at the title.  I have an abhorrence of self-help book; mostly because they rarely help me, but also because of the cheese factor.  But when I saw her name at the end of it, I decided it would probably be better than the regular sort.

I read it in fits and starts in our breezy hotel room in Monterey.  It was a revelation.  I learned that I have pretty good Shame Resiliency (thanks Kathy and John!), but that I still have shame about some very weird things.   Like writing.  Like religion, and vaccinations and health care.  Like being a woman.  So many of the superficial fights Brian and I repeat seemed contained in that slim book, and I was the problem.  Knowing that has allowed me to discuss things like an adult.  Her stories of other women trying to just get through it all helped me know I wasn’t alone, either.

In short, I have a feeling this book will be life changing for me.  I think everyone I’ve ever met should read it, male or female.  Seriously.  Go get it and read it NOW.  While you’re waiting for it to arrive, take a look at her TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

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