I hope that wasn’t too scary of an introduction! I loved Daring Greatly, and believe it is relevant for everyone. It is all about what it means to be human, and the ways we can experience deeper connection in life, through bravery and vulnerability. In her book, Brown talks about how issues of shame and worthiness play out in the arenas of work, leadership, and family life. I especially loved the last chapter, on parenting with wholeheartedness. The following passage sums it up beautifully, particularly the last sentence:
Somewhere buried deep inside our hopes and fears for our children is the terrifying truth that there is no such thing as perfect parenting and there are no guarantees. From debates about attachment parenting and how much better they parent in Europe to disparagement of “tiger moms” and helicopter parents, the heated discussions that occupy much of the national parenting conversation conveniently distract us from this important and difficult truth: Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.
There is of course so much in this book that I just can’t go into here, but I believe it’s relevant for everyone. Does the thought of vulnerability scare you? You are not alone. I am so thankful that Brene wrote her book. I wish we could have a huge, collective book club about it, because I think these conversations are critical during a time when people are feeling increasingly fearful, unsettled and disconnected. There are some great discussions happening related to this book at BlogHer. What do you think about talking about shame? What does the phrase “Daring Greatly” mean to you?
Disclosure: This is a paid review from BlogHer, but everything I’ve written is wholeheartedly my own opinion.