A friend and I were discussing Brené Brown in a small group setting a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston who studies shame and vulnerability, and has written such books as Rising Strong and Daring Greatly. I hold much reverence for her research that challenges us to examine our fears, while my friend equally despises her for being a “fearful woman.” The two of us had a pretty heated debate triggered by something Dr. Brown once said in an interview: “People should earn the right to hear your story.” I agreed with this statement because I believe that our stories are gifts, and when we share and open up to another person, it should be viewed as an honor and a privilege. My friend had a different opinion, and argued that to hold back from sharing your story keeps you from being vulnerable out of fear. She went on to say that Brené Brown was essentially re-cultivating fear through her work. As much as I begrudged having to agree, my friend made a very valid point.
It’s a radical thing, to suggest that we be the authority of our own lives. To me, that entails not caring what others think, purposefully seeking out experiences that spark our Soul, and living in accordance with our own truth. Of course, none of that is possible without taking a fear inventory so that we might recognize our own self-defeating patterns. We would also have to be willing to learn, be open to having what we thought we knew challenged, and get comfortable with big question marks. Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, said we couldn’t have a dream without the capacity to achieve it. So what are some of your dreams, dear friend and reader? What are the many things you wish to do with your life? If there is anything that comes to mind, know that it is possible. You are beyond equipped to bring your dreams to fruition if you prevent fear from getting in the way. I dare you to thrive and overcome.
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