Thursday Therapy

Last Thursday, I wrote about wanting my girls to always have hope. Last night, I finished up reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. The women at my church are reading it to discuss at this weekend’s retreat. The book is fabulous as are the findings of Brown’s research about shame and vulnerability — worthiness and loving and living wholeheartedly. I’m sure I’ll have lots to write after the weekend. What stood out to me last night, though, was how tied to resilience hope is. I knew that on some level. And in my grad studies, I spent quite a bit of time thinking about and writing about the importance of challenge and struggle, getting to the other side of tough stuff and how important that is.¬†Brown’s words are so concise and beautiful:

“Hope is a function of struggle. If we want our children to develop high levels of hopefulness, we have to let them struggle. And let me tell you, next to love and belonging, I’m not sure I want anything more for my kids than a deep sense of hopefulness.”

Yeah. That.