Brené Brown defines courage as a vulnerable ingredient in healing shame.I agree. What I have found is shame is usually piggybacking other intense experiences: abandonment, rejection, abuse, disappointment and fear.
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The summer of 1969 was quite a year historically. Not only did Neil Armstrong walk on the moon, and this very famous quote was recorded, but I was preparing to enter my freshman year of college.
There was no place to run or hide. I had to stand there and take it. “You have ruined your children’s lives and they will never forgive you. How could you break up the family?”
These harsh words brought stinging tears to my eyes. The blood rushed out of my body and my knees felt weak.
Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.
Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,