what I’ve learned about gratitude and fear



We can spend our entire lives in scarcity . . . just waiting for for the other shoe to drop and wondering when it will all fall apart. Or, we can lean into the uncertainty and be thankful for what we have in that precious moment. When I’m standing at the crossroads of fear and gratitude, I’ve learned that I must choose vulnerability and practice gratitude if want to know joy. I’m not sure that it will ever be easy for me, but I have learned to trust this practice. For that, I give thanks! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 



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  5. Your words make such sense, thankyou really beautiful and inspiring and encouraging xxx

  6. Dominic

    Hi Brene

    Really love your work and thought you might be interested in this which shows both vulnerability and courage. Here is a video by a boy called Jonah about him being bullied. It is courageous and heartbreaking in equal measure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRXjqpfOnS0). Here is the most awesome video response by Jonathan which is uplifting in its sheer goodness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s7vrxXHcSg). You will need tissues. All the best. Dominic

  7. Though I'm "late" reading this, this is good. Really good. Leaning in…

  8. Kay Shurden

    Brene–I lead a Spiritual Formation group of women who call ourselves the Wild Women (not because we're wild and crazy, but because we want to look beneath the social roles and find what's real, or natural about our lives}. We're reading your GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION and eating it up. That is truly "wild living." Thanks so much for sharing your research and your wonderful wit.

  9. Katherine

    Often your words cause me to involuntarily take a deep breath. I didn't even know I was holding it. Thank you.

  10. Thanks for this post, Brene. I lost my partner back in March of this year to a neuro-degenerative disorder known as Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). Since his passing, I've been introduced to your work, first through your TED talk, which I shared at my opening faculty meeting this year with incredible success. You inspire a lot of people, not the least of which is me, through your writing and your speaking.

    I love the concept and practice of wholehearted living, and I've often (this year) thought about applying wholehearted practices to leadership as well. I think wholehearted leadership is something I've been developing instinctively now for a couple of years, but your work has given more shape and form to it. Thanks!


  11. Candie Pittman

    Thanks Brene~ that is just what I needed to hear and something I struggle with everyday. I read your Gifts of Imperfection and am now re-reading it in order to journal about each chapter and mark up that book. Thanks for your research and wisdom!

  12. Heather

    I love this post! Thanks for being vulnerable and showing that it really is the way to go! You're awesome!