Brené Brown is my “hero crush,” a term used by my spouse for those I fall in love with because of their minds, contributions, leadership, or other characteristics that somehow enhance our collective lives. Brené advocates living our lives with ordinary courage, she exposes the devastating impact of shame, and she encourages us all to live authentically, with the whole of our hearts, even though it’s scary and feels vulnerable. I love her, and I’ve never met her. I hope that changes some day.
Recently, Brené Brown teamed up with Oprah to develop an e-course on Wholehearted living, which you can find here. Oprah is one of my spouse’s hero crushes, and so this did seem a match made in heaven. My spouse signed up to take the course, and when the instructions for Day 1 came out, she challenged the family to do the activity together. The instructions will be oversimplified here, but essentially Brené asked us to write things we give ourselves permission to do if/when we feel scared, asked us to admit and proclaim that we are both imperfect and enough, and asked us to remember that courage is a word of the heart. Then we had to translate the instructions to the children.