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Own Your Story. Share Your Light.

Dr. Brene Brown of The Daring WayTM, tells it like it is for all us humans, based on her years-long, intense research on shame and vulnerability.  She states in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, that on the inside of each of us, we contain an infinite power – the power of our light.   

Spiritual abuse attempts to squash that light out of existence, casting us back into shame and disconnection.  She says that the secret to rising above all that misery lies in owning our story – not hiding it somewhere, making believe that it’s not worthy of sharing.  That’s extremely difficult when we have been hurt badly.

Be that as it may, we each do have a light within that has been given to us by the Lord our Beloved Maker and Sustainer.  The story of our lives and the difficulties we have sometimes in keeping the light going, is of the utmost value.  Trauma tries to make us believe the opposite.  We want to hide our light and our story.

Here’s Brene’s full quote I’m referring to:

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.  Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.  Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”  The Gifts of Imperfection, p. 6

There is so much to unpack in that short paragraph.  It may take me two to three blogs to unpack it all.

Today is Thanksgiving Day.  So for now, reflect on the story of your life.  Reflect on the times of joy and of awareness of God's glorious light.  Accept your blessings from God and give thanks.  There will be time enough later to reflect on the difficulties. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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