The brilliant imperfections of love, of loving,
can only make the world shine brighter;
It’s fear that will give you half a life and convince you,
You never wanted the other half anyway.
Excerpt from ‘Cracked’ By Nell Aurelia
I have been listening to, watching and reading a lot of Brene Brown lately. She is a researcher ofshame, guilt and vulnerability – and the art of wholehearted living. Her books include, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, “RIsing Strong”, and “Daring Greatly”.
Brene has a number of talks published on Youtube – and one of my favourite of all time concerns our fear of criticism – it’s called : “Why Your Critics Aren’t the Ones Who Count”
In this talk, she makes an announcement, which I paraphrase here: “I put my work out into the arena…I dare to be vulnerable…if you are not in the arena with me, I am not interested in your opinion”.
There are several women who have lately inspired me to take a stand and put myself ‘out there’ – and I will be citing their work frequently, as I continue this creative journey I am on.
When it comes to the power to influence my life and light a fire underneath me, Brene Brown is right there at the top, one of the Big Three.