I LOVED this book! I listened to it on Audible, so it was just her speaking to an audience at a seminar about The Power of Vulnerability. And wow, she really had some enlightening things to say!
- We need to be vulnerable more in our lives, living with uncertainty.
- We need to be authentic and true to our selves.
- The past shapes us but it need not control us.
- Shame is what holds us back; it is the most prominent, painful, controlling emotion and it’s hard to spot. It forces us to hide who we are and what we do.
- We need to live wholeheartedly to be happy, and there are guideposts to achieving it.
- People won’t like your changes, your views, your new found sense of self but it’s worth it for the freedom.
- Don’t puff up, don’t shrink, stand your ground and speak your truth in the face of shame.
- We have shame gremlins that come over us strong. They are things like “I am not smart enough”, “I don’t do enough”, “I’m not a good enough mother…”
- We use things to numb our sense of reality, our pain, our flaws, and our feelings towards ourselves and our past. This can be alcohol, TV, video games, social media, and drugs.
- When we alter our views on shame, vulnerability, perspective, wholehearted living, uncertainty, creativity, fun, freedom, truth, criticism, and values.
I hope everyone takes a chance to read this book. It is inspiring, enlightening and freeing. I hope to further research Brene Brown (the author) and practice her teachings, in order to live a life that is true to myself and wholeheartedly happy.