Are you in the arena?
Are you showing up?
Are you willing to dare greatly into the life that is waiting for you?
Okay, we’re not trying to dictate your precious weekend hours, but you need to make time for this. And if you ‘get’ Fellow Flowers, then trust us, it’ll be the BEST hour of your weekend. Tomorrow, we want you to join us for Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday…where she’ll be talking with one of our favorite women, Brené Brown.
This past Sunday, Tori and I watched Brené on the latest episode of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. It was part one of two episodes. Two of our greatest life teachers were riffing on authenticity, joy, courage, vulnerability and self-worth – it felt like spiritual fireworks. Immediately, we wanted all of you with us – snug in a living room watching it together – reflecting on their words and sharing our own stories.
Among many things, they were focusing on Brown’s latest book, Daring Greatly, which has ignited such a cool and inspiring conversation for our society – and especially, for women who are struggling to get in the arena – to show up – to be their most authentic and true self.
In the book, Brené admits to being a ‘recovering perfectionist’ (can we get an amen!) and finding the courage to lay down the “I’ve got my shit together” armor and be seen for who she is – owning her flaws and cherishing her cracks. And in the process, disarming the critics of their power and releasing the grip that shame can have on us.
“This is who I am, and I’m standing in it. And as long as I’m here, you can not knock me down.”
Fellow Flowers, more than anything, is about owning and honoring your story – and celebrating it, wholeheartedly. As Brené and Oprah spoke, so many of our messages resonated – gratitude, joy, self-acceptance, courage, authenticity, and self-worth – it was incredible.
We didn’t just enjoy this show, we learned from it. It rattled our cages in a big way. We wrote about it, and we reflected on it, and that’s why we wanted to share it with all of you.
And the arena? In the interview, Brené talks about how a Theodore Roosevelt quote changed her perspective on life, inspired her book title and committed her to living in the arena…
It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end
the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst,
if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…
If you missed the part I episode, you can watch it here. If you’re like us and want more, we’re all in luck. There will be a part two of their conversation tomorrow, Sunday, March 24th, at 10 am CST. Click here for viewing details.
We will be watching. We will be reflecting. And we hope you will be too.