February is known for love and ground dogs. But did you know it’s Library Lovers Month in the US?!
Me either :). When I was looking up some tie in for our book club and February, I found out this tidbit. Now, living overseas, it might be a bit cruel to celebrate what you don’t have. But maybe not having libraries in many places, makes them all the more precious?! And thanks to the internet, many libraries have options to check out electronic books.
In honor of Library Lovers Month, each week in February we share favorite books from our childhoods, memoirs we love, and poems. I look forward to hearing from you and adding to my “to read” books!
And now to unveil our next book!!!!
Drum roll, please.
The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown.
To say I am excited to read and discuss this book with you is a bit like saying I was excited when the Broncos got into the Superbow (and the opposite of how I felt during the game)l I cannot wait for March. Brene (yes, we’re on a first name basis, at least in my head) looks at ten different gifts and we will discuss one gift each week, starting the first week of March.
Brene is a shame and vulnerability researcher and you can hear a bit of her story in the following to TED talk videos. Vulnerability and shame is something we each can relate to personally, those we are disciplining, and those we want to come into the light. One of the parts I look forward to, is hearing from you how these constructs play out in the cultures you live in. They will look different around the world, but there are universal aspects to them due to the fall.
I do need to let you know that she uses a curse word in each video. You do know I don’t control her mouth, right?! :). I’ve used both of these videos as training for folks who work in Member Care, I think that highly of them. Each video is around twenty minutes and worth watching.
The first one is on vulnerability.
This second video is a follow-up to her first TED talk and looks a the relationship between shame and vulnerability.
One final piece of news to share with you. We were on a roller coaster with my dad’s health last week — first of the week hearing of a medical miracle in which the doctors had no explanation. The next day my sister and I needed to check him into the ER and since then we have gotten a broader picture on his health and the outcome is not optimistic. Maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months. God is good, God is sovereign, and we are on the grief roller coaster. I share this, because I’m sure that grief will leak into my writing (of course!) and I didn’t want you to wonder what you’re picking up on :).
So, are you in with The gift of imperfection? What stood out from Brene’s videos? Are you a fan of libraries?!! See you in the comments :)!
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