“Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy? Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011)”.- youtube
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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the past century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States(wikipedia)
As I conclude this week on courage, I thought it would be a good idea to list some of my bravest life moments as a reminder of some of the fears I’ve overcome….
1. As I shared in my first post on courage, my bravest moment was standing up to my parents and having my baby despite their opposition.
2. Leaving an abusive relationship.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”-e.e. cummings
e.e. cummings-an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry. (wikipedia)
I have found that the older I get, the harder it gets for me to muster up the courage to have certain experiences in life like riding a roller coaster for instance. The reasons behind this lies to some extent in the fact that as a child, I led a very sheltered life, not allowed to be out of my parents sight; not encouraged to venture out and experience things, taught to be reasonable and rational and not to take “foolish” chances. I got my driver’s license when I was in my 30’s for goodness sake! Now, I don’t blame my parents for all of it. I mean, I think I got comfortable in the perception of safety that was created by limited existence and experiences. Now that I think about it, I realize that my courage at its best resides in my character, in my ability to see it & say it like it is, in my ability to forgive and ask for forgiveness, in my ability to say this is who I am and to love you for who you are … who knows, maybe a roller coaster ride is in my future…..…NOT!!