Book #78 of 2020 | Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Title: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Author: Brené Brown

Thoughts: Does a book ever just speak to your whole soul? Because that was me and this book. So many times over the course of reading this book I found myself wishing that I’d read it in high school—because I saw so much of high school me in these pages, especially the sections on shame. I saw so much of current me in these pages too, and I really think that it’s a book that everyone can see a little bit of themselves in. Yes, it’s a bit repetitive, but this is a message I need to consistently remind myself of and reflect on.

Favorite Lines:
“Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection.” (p. 2)

“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.” (p. 10)

“…courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” (p. 30)

“Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands. The people who love me and will be there regardless of the outcome are within arm’s reach.” (p. 56)

“If we’re going to find our way out of shame and back to each other, vulnerability is the path and courage is the light. To set down those lists of what we’re supposed to be is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.” (p. 110)

“…practicing gratitude is how we acknowledge that there’s enough and that we’re enough.” (p. 124)

“We can’t give people what we don’t have. Who we are matters immeasurably more than what we know or who we want to be.” (p. 177)

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