School started back up a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been running around all crazy-like ever since. I made the decision at the end of last year to move to a different grade level, so now I’m teaching first graders again – after about 20 years of teaching third graders.
To say this has been a total adjustment is an understatement. And I’m feeling old, tired and overwhelmed.
I needed a bit of inspiration and motivation to keep me going and one of my favorite persons to provide this for me is Brené Brown. I just love her work!
So the other day as I was picking up a pile of children’s books at the library, I also picked up a copy of “Rising Strong.” In general, it’s a book meant to help us with the process of “regaining our footing in the midst of struggle…”
In the book she says that the Rising Strong process has the goal “to rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes , and face hurt in a way that brings more wisdom and wholeheartedness into our lives.”
Her process includes 3 elements:
The Reckoning. Recognize emotion, and get curious about our feelings and how they connect with the way we think and behave.
The Rumble. Get honest about the stories we’re making up about our struggle, then challenge these confabulations and assumptions to determine what’s truth, what’s self-protection, and what needs to change if we want to lead more wholehearted lives.
The Revolution. Write a new ending to our story based on the key learnings from our rumble and use this new, braver story to change how we engage with the world and to ultimately transform the way we live, love, parent and lead.
The book’s focus is certainly not on infidelity (though it is a mountain of a struggle, for sure), but there was one section that dealt with forgiveness (something she has never really written about previously) that I wanted to share.
So here are a couple excerpts from the book that I felt were quite worthwhile:
Here’s the promotional trailer for “Rising Strong” which I thought was pretty energizing. (Click on the graphic)
Thoughts? Experiences? Comments? Please leave them below. Thanks!