The Importance of Our Story
In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, researcher, speaker and professor Dr. Brene Brown states that “owning our story and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing we will ever do”. If we take time to reflect on our lives, weaving and sifting through the good and the bad, the joyous and the darkness, we will see that each one of us has a very important story to tell. Owning our story, according to Dr. Brown, means that we must learn how to become vulnerable, recognizing that although vulnerability opens the door to the potential of rejection and hurt, it is precisely this act that enables the potential for connection, love, belonging and joy. Being vulnerable and authentic with ourselves and others and having the courage to tell our story from our heart is where we will begin to find our true self and come to realize that we are worthy of being loved. Furthermore, owning our story, according to Dr. Brown means the difference between loneliness and connection, perfectionism and authenticity and most importantly the difference between living life half-heartedly and living whole-heartedly.
It is no small feat to reach out to someone with whom we risk sharing who we are, where we have come from and where we desire to go. It takes deep courage to acknowledge our sources of shame and expose our authentic self but it is precisely here, that healing can and will occur and new insights will be formed and hope can find a home. Dr. Brown, in her TED talk The Power of Vulnerability, states that our light is in our story, that in order to know the good we must be willing to feel the hard and in all of this by allowing ourselves to be deeply seen and known we will recognize that we have worth and be able to believe that “I am enough”.
No matter where you have been or what you have been through, The Refuge Center for Counseling recognizes that it takes great courage to take that first step towards healing and we have staff members and interns who would be honored to walk with you as you explore and deepen your understanding of your story. We can be reached by phone at: 615-771-1155 and more information can be found by visiting our website at www.refugecenter.org