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Book Club: Rising Strong, Chapter 8

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Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 8: Easy Mark of the book, Rising Strong by Brené Brown!  Catch up on Chapter 1: The Physics of Vulnerability Chapter 2: Civilization Stops at the WaterlineChapter 3: Owning Our Stories, Chapter 4: The Reckoning, Chapter 5: The Rumble, Chapter 6: Sewer Rats And Scofflaws, and Chapter 7: The Brave And Brokenhearted.

Let’s get started!  Chapter 8!


The main takeaway from Chapter 8?  It takes being curious to figure out what you’re being held up on.  The other main takeaway?  Asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness!

We don’t have to do all of it alone.  We were never meant to.

Once again, Brené’s powerful storytelling takes us through her own Rising Strong process so that we can learn to do it ourselves.  From homelessness to our own vulnerabilities, this chapter (once again) does not disappoint.  Asking for help requires becoming vulnerable.  We have to admit to ourselves where the gaps are in order to ask someone else to help fill them.  During my own treatments, my husband and I hunkered down.  We got by.  We didn’t ask for much and we felt lonely and isolated in return.  While young adult cancer will do that to you anyway, if I were to do it all over again, I’d ask for help again and again.  Even if it is “help” watching a funny movie, or taking a walk around the neighborhood, asking someone into your own life and existence creates meaningful connection and love.


Thanks for joining us for our Chapter 8: Easy Mark of Rising Strong!  Join in next Monday for Chapter 9: Composting Failure and in the meantime, learn more about the book club commentators!

If you’re just joining us, here are some logistics:

We will talk about a chapter each Monday until the book is done.  Then, we’ll use one more Monday to talk about general feelings from the book and anything else you’d like to discuss.  Join in, in the comments every week!  At the end, we’ll have a book club discussion via video chat!  Also, there will probably be spoilers.  Read along with us!

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