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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

I first came across a wonderful article about Brene Brown (author of several books, including Daring Greatly) a couple of years ago now, I guess. Then I happened to be somewhere that had a television tuned to a show featuring her.

Just last month, I entered an online contest – a “Blogiverssary Bash” hosted by Jenn of http://www.busybeingblessed.net who covers everything from homeschooling to healthy living. In getting to know her a bit through our online exchanges since WINNING (yes I won!), I have found her to be a lovely woman.

Once we confirmed I was the actual winner, Jenn set me up with several e-books and ‘analog’ books, one of which was… wait for it… The one I had forgotten I wanted: Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown!

This week I received that book in the mail and oh boy was I excited! If you don’t know who Brene Brown is, you will be glad you do once you find out. All of her secondary education, up through her doctorate, consisted in social work. But it doesn’t stop there! She spent over a decade researching, and a lifetime experiencing – or not experiencing – vulnerability (notice I am not quoting, simply trying to paraphrase, so if I’m a little off, please feel free to correct me!).

She found that regardless of demographics or level of trauma, people who allow themselves to be vulnerable are the ones who recognize their worthiness of love.

My darling is awake now, so this post is to be continued…

Here’s to vulnerability! <clink>