Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her TED Talk on shame was my introduction to TED Talks, and I was immediately her biggest fan. In her Book Rising Strong, she writes this "Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted."

There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers

Than those of us who are willing to fall

Because we have learned how to rise

With skinned knees and bruised hearts;

We choose owning our stories of struggle,

Over hiding, over hustling, over pretending.

When we deny our stories, they define us.

When we run from struggle, we are never free.

So we turn toward truth and look it in the eye.

We will not be characters in our stories.

Not villains, not victims, not even heroes.

We are the authors of our lives.

We write our own daring endings.

We craft love from heartbreak,

Compassion from shame,

Grace from disappointment,

Courage from failure.

Showing up is our power.

Story is our way home.

Truth is our song.

We are the brave and brokenhearted.

We are rising strong.

She's right; we are the author of our lives. We write our own daring endings. Nobody is going to do it for us, especially here at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp.