Every time I write a book, I’m challenged to live the message. I had to face my own perfectionism when I wrote The Gifts. I had to come face-to-face with criticism and courage when I wrote Daring Greatly, and I had to challenge all of the stories I make up to protect myself when I wrote Rising Strong. Writing this book on true belonging felt like months of living in the wilderness to me.
True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness in both being a part of something, and standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism.
The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.
P.S. Tour dates and tickets out tomorrow! Keep an eye on your inbox for more details on how to purchase.
[Update July 19, 2017]
Yesterday you received a note from me announcing the new book, Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, coming September 12, 2017.
Tickets for the book tour are now available…see you on the tour!
Get tickets here: www.bravingthewilderness.com