We are tackling Brene Brown’s book, Braving the Wilderness, for our first I Am A Triangle Book Club! We have read and discussed the first several chapters, but it’s not too late for you to join in!
In a fitting-in culture – at home, at work or in our larger community – curiosity is seen as weakness and asking questions equates to antagonism rather than being valued as learning.
In this book, Brene Brown shares her research and finding around the concept of true belonging. She says “. . . it doesn’t require us to CHANGE who we are; it requires us to BE who we are.” We talk often in our community about belonging and fitting in. The beauty of the I Am A Triangle community is that we do not pretend to be people we are not, or require our members to adjust their true selves in order for them to belong.
The four practices of true belonging require vulnerability, getting uncomfortable, learn how to be with people without sacrificing who we are and what we value.
People are hard to hate close up. Move in.
Speak truth to BS. Be Civil
Hold Hands. With Strangers
Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.
Aren’t those four practices so beautiful? We are deep diving into each chapter, one at a time and we invite you to join us for the exploration about belonging, fitting in, loving each other and deepening our relationships with others.
You are only free when you realize you belong no place – you belong every place – no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. ~Maya Angelou
True belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts. The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sough after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.” ~Brene Brown
Author: Naomi Hattaway
Naomi Hattaway is the founder of I Am A Triangle, an online community of members from around the globe who have one thing in common – they’ve lived around the world, away from their passport countries. Offering in-person gatherings in over 80 cities around the globe, I Am A Triangle also exists to be a one-stop-shop for resources whether you are just pondering a move abroad, currently are living the adventure, or are repatriating back “home.” She also owns 8th & Home Real Estate and Relocation, a referral network matching families on the move with real estate professionals who chase communities and not commissions. After living in several locations in the United States, her family (three kids, now ages 21, 13 and 10) moved overseas to Delhi, India where she learned to thrive in the midst of chaos.
Following a one-year stint in Singapore, they are now back in the United States, and she has traipsed her way from Florida to Virginia and is now – for the time being – in Ohio. Naomi is passionate about community building and empowering others to thrive, not just survive, in the places they call home.