Occasionally I read two books side-by-side and absorb two strands of thought on a similar topic at once. Not until now have I read the same author side-by-side, but such is case with Brene’ Brown’s Daring Greatly (on amazon here) and The Gifts of Imperfection.
What hooked me first about Brown’s was her 2010 Ted Talk:
Once I had “heard” her, I wanted to “read” her. I went to Amazon and ordered these two books.
Daring Greatly, titled after a Theodore Roosevelt speech, opens with a passage from this speech and cracks the topic of vulnerability wide open right there in your lap.
If you’ve ever made a big error, came up way too short or been marred by a mistake, you’ll relate to the case Brown makes about the necessity of vulnerability.
“…to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’Engle quote referred to in Daring Greatly
Brene’ takes this topic of vulnerability and explores it through the lens of love in the book The Gifts of Imperfection. She asks the reader to ponder how incongruent living can be exhausting. She encourages us to behave in love and that these sorts of actions are critical, if not more important than merely saying the words “I love you.”
Brown entices the reader to acknowledge that cultivating self-love and self-acceptance is not optional. In her words, “They aren’t endeavors that I can look into if and when I have some spare time. They are priorities.”
You don’t have to be a geek like me and read two books together. However, I encourage anyone engaged in hearing the wake-up calls dished out by the universe (versus hitting the snooze button), to investigate the vital messages of the approachable and immensely human Brene’ Brown.