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Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly: 

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

by Brene Brown

This wonderful book has appeal to multiple audiences; there are sections relating to vulnerability in the workplace, in relationships, in art, expression, and creativity, and, perhaps most importantly for many of us, in raising our children.

Each chapter of the book builds on earlier chapters and makes a strong case for taking steps to be more open and vulnerable ourselves. It also speaks to the impact of numbing (the opposite of vulnerability) in popular culture, and the effect of social media, reality TV, and other external influences on our self-numbing behaviors. Brown’s humanity shines through her writing, enticing the reader to dare to open up and be vulnerable. Vulnerability is seen as a strength, “the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.” One of my favorite chapters is Wholehearted Parenting: Daring to be the adults we want our children to be. “In terms of teaching our children to dare greatly in the ‘never enough’ culture, the question isn’t so much ‘Are you parenting the right way?’ as it is: ‘Are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be?’ She discusses how parenting is a “shame and judgement minefield” becasue most of us are moving through self-doubt and uncertainty. Brown claims, if we want our children to love and accept who they are, our job is to love and accept who we are. We can’t use fear, shame, blame, and judgement in our own lives if we want to raise courageous children. Compassion and connection can only be learned if experienced. This book contains so many gems of wisdon, I bet you’ll come back to it again and again as I have, to soak up all it’s loveliness!


Wholeheartedly recommended–(pun intended!)

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