Our Favourite Things – Books by Brene Brown
Brené Brown is best known for her work as a shame researcher. She sparks the conversation on topics we are most uncomfortable with – shame, belonging, vulnerability, courage. Best of all, she manages to share the information in a readable, storytelling manner.
I first read her book, “The Gifts of Imperfection” which was given to me and I have now gifted to others. In this book, Brown really challenges the reader to dig deeper to discover what actually makes them happy and what is not serving them well. Using some strategies, Brown then challenges us to start living a “whole hearted life”. As someone who is a BIG supporter of journaling and self-reflection, I really connected with her work.
For Christmas this year, I was gifted the more recent “Braving the Wilderness”. It is another book that I cannot put down. In this book Brown writes about what it means to truly “belong”. She challenges the reader to embrace their authentic self.
We can feel most alone in a room full of people, why is that?
According to Brown, “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to BE who we are”. I think that this quote is especially relevant at this time of year with the onset of New Year’s resolutions. Can we stop trying to change our bodies and ourselves to fit in? What if we started embracing and loving who we truly are, while we work towards positive and healthy change? According to Brown, “Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else”. Personally, I desire to be me and to not be like everyone else.