I recently ordered a copy of Brene Brown’s newest book ‘Braving the Wilderness’. I was introduced to her work by two dear friends about 5 years ago and it changed my life and the way I view myself. I say that completely naturally, no forcing it.
I absolutely began to live more authentically after reading ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ and I am still reaping the benefits. I am more willing to speak up in a real way in any situation, whether with family or friends, or even people I don’t know. And people occasionally reflect back to me ‘Wow, you’re so Honest…’
Well, why aren’t we all? Talk about your emotions, right? Learn what they are, to start. The more we do this, it will help emotions to be less scary, and as a culture, we could begin to heal.
I kind of hate when people come out with ‘Wow you’re so honest’ because I keep hearing ‘You made me super uncomfortable!’ One of the gifts of vulnerability is being able to feel uncomfortable. It can be a safe place. Instead of running from one’s own feelings all the time, we feel them, and own them, and heal.
I’m no expert. I’m just learning, just like you are. I hope someone who finds this post welcoming will open up their heart space in the comments below.