I struggle with courage. Finding and living it is a daily battle for me. Most days, I feel like I lose the battle.
That is the reason I was inspired to enroll in Brene Brown’s Living Brave Semester. Anyone who knows me knows that I love Brene Brown. I recommend her books all the time. I went to a retreat based on her work and led by one of her Daring Way facilitators. I’ve referenced her in public talks, and I consider it a particular stroke of luck that my new therapist keeps every one of Brown’s books in her office.
But I struggle with really living the principles in which I believe. I don’t dare greatly nearly as often as I would like. I still run away from vulnerability. I definitely still spend a great deal of time believing I’m not enough. And there are very few days when I really feel like I’m being courageous about even the small things that scare me. There are a lot of things that go into addressing those issues, but I’m hoping the class is a good starting point.
Several months ago, a friend sent me a list of all the ways I had been courageous in the span of a few months. If I had known that my phone would start erasing texts after a certain period of time, I would have written the list down and kept it somewhere as a reminder. I’m hoping that now, with a little bit of work, I can come up with a new list of my own.