Look At Us — Daring To Be Parents

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Once again, here comes Brené Brown dropping science on our weary minds. Oh, wait. You don’t know Dr. Brené Brown? Yes, yes, yes. She’s a research professor at the University of Houston and a TED Talks shining star whose work focuses on shame, courage, empathy and the power of vulnerability. (No, for real. Grab something refreshing to drink — and possible a tissue — and watch her  vulnerability talk. Yo. This 20-minute video will reset your compass. It’s been viewed over 5 million times since it was posted two years ago. Then, after you’ve caught your breathe, click on Brown’s TED Talk from this year about Listening to Shame. Your eyes will clear up and you’ll feel like you could possibly run a half-marathon. Believe this.)

Today on her blog, Ordinary Courage, Brown talks about wholehearted parenting and the challenge of being “the adults that we want our children to grow up to be.” It’s a short post, held up brilliantly by a quote from Pablo Picasso that ends with this tremendous call:

“You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”

Doesn’t that just shake up your Etch A Sketch and make you want to start fresh? Man. Words to inspire. The full quote is superb.

Folks, we’ve dared to be parents. So let’s get on with it, let’s do the work that comes with the momentous title and leave behind something glorious to show for it.

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