Just showing up is a great strength

Another start of the week. And another timely piece I heard for the first time yesterday.

Many of us are learning new ways to walk in this emerging world because the old ways are failing.

Where previously we might have expected larger than life characters delivering change in a blaze of glory, we now know better.

Instead, we learn in our weakness and heartbreak that this is the growing ground of strong, where we craft love that endures.

And we begin to see that our greatest power is in consistently showing up.

Because when we think about it – this is what we most appreciate in each other.


There is no greater threat to the critics
and cynics and fearmongers
than those of us who are willing to fall
because we have learned how to rise.
With skinned knees and bruised hearts;
we choose owning our stories of struggle,
over hiding, over hustling, over pretending.
When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we run from struggle, we are never free.
So we turn toward truth and look it in the eye.
We will not be characters in our stories.
Not villains, not victims, not even heroes.
We are the authors of our lives.
We write our own daring endings.
We craft love from heartbreak,
compassion from shame,
grace from disappointment,
courage from failure.
Showing up is our power.
Story is our way home. Truth is our song.
We are the brave and brokenhearted.
We are rising strong.

Copyright 2020 Brené Brown, LLC

I suspect this is just the start…