It’s hard to believe it’s the end of March. In what feels like such a short amount of time, winter has ended and spring has begun. I can’t believe how fast 2017 is flying by!
This month we read Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown. I’m going to keep this one shorter because the book was just so much. If you’ve read it you’ll understand what I mean.
Synopsis from Good Reads: Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.
My thoughts: Wow. Honestly just wow. This book really made me stop and think about myself and who I am as a person. I am not a very vulnerable or open person. I tend to bottle things up; both good and bad things. I often think of vulnerability as weakness and because of that I prefer to be closed up. However, Dr Brown makes vulnerability into courage and the core of all of the biggest emotions. Reading this really opened my eyes to how I can use vulnerability as a tool in my life instead of looking at it as a crux.
Brown also talks about “scarcity” and the feelings of never being enough. This is something I struggle a lot with and felt her thoughts on that feeling were exactly what I needed to read.
Would I recommend it? Yes! But it is a bit of a read. Definitely not something you breeze through easily so be prepared for that if you’re planning on reading. However I would highly highly highly recommend reading it.
My favorite quotes:
-“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
-“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.”
Don’t forget to check out Danielle’s review of this month’s book! Have you read Daring Greatly? Let me know your thoughts below! And please join us for April’s reading of Marriage Matters (I’m really excited for this one!).