Stacey’s Nook: ‘Riding Strong’ by Brené Brown

Stacey Johnson Shares Another Great Read

By Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses

“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.”

This is the foundation of the book “Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution,” written by Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston.

In the book, Brené discusses courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness. Furthermore, her pioneering work has uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability — the willingness to be exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed — is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity and joy.

Living a brave life is not always easy — especially since we are susceptible to stumbling and falling.

This book shares what it takes to get back up. Only when we own our stories of disappointment, failure and heartbreak will we have the power to create a bold and meaningful ending. This book is about how if you are brave enough to keep moving forward in your life, you are going to fall now and again.

This falling and getting back up again happens to us all in small and large ways and in varying events in our lives. However, it is in how we deal with it within ourselves — and how we choose to support others when they are struggling as well — that truly matters.

As we contemplate these cycles in our lives in the past year and as we move into a new year, we have to be careful not to be too nostalgic … but rather try to use our past reflections in the service of moving forward.

1 Comment

  • amy bosley said:

    I'm a huge fan of Brene Brown's work and in particular, this book. Thanks for sharing your perspective and the interesting illustration!

    PMThu, 02 Feb 2017 15:50:54 +0000Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:50:54 +0000pm17,3:50 pm

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