Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain
Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and author of books such as, The Gifts of Imperfection, recently published, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Life, Love, Parent, and Lead. Brown has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame and reflects on what she has learned in her research, interviewing people about their experiences, also sharing her own.
Though I am not a parent, I LOVE this manifesto!
Daring Greatly--a phrase taken from a Teddy Roosevelt speech--is, as the title suggests, a book about how to be courageous in the face of vulnerability, how to overcome shame, how to live freer lives. I hate to call it a self-help book, as many of us have a preconceived notion of what we think those books are, but I guess that's just what it is; a book to encourage an ownership over ourselves and ideas on how to improve it.
Where the title came from!
Though I think I enjoyed Brown's The Gift of Imperfection a little better, I still enjoyed Daring Greatly and would definitely recommend it!
Every time we try to identify God, we are sure to identify what he is —
what she is certainly not. And the genius of God to dwell where we would
least likely look, within the depths of our own being, our own
shallowness, our own darkness, our own humanity. --Martin Sheen
My friend Pamerama was kind enough to share this great, On Being, podcast interview of Martin Sheen. I chose to read the podcast interview transcript instead, to I might better process Sheen's statements.
I too am Catholic, but you don't need to be to enjoy. Sheen examines his return journey to faith and spirituality, and it's just wonderful.
A great read before New Years revelry.
Happiest New Years' Eve to you and yours! Be safe, be merry, be young tonight!
If you need to be reminded why you became a Librarian, or why libraries are amazing places, and still so relevant in the 21st century, watch this and be inspired.
“If you are a dreamer come in If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer If youre a pretender com sit by my fire For we have some flax golden tales to spin Come in! Come in!” --Shel Silverstein
Come and support Gould Farm (the oldest therapeutic community in the United States), as they embark on their 5k Running for Recovery! Can't make it?! You can still support them, just check out the above link.