I chose to read this book when I saw Brene’ Brown had endorsed it. I listen to books on Audible pretty often, so I can multi-task. My favorites are the ones that are autobiographical narrated by the author. I can feel the emotions as they talk and it makes it that much better. Glennon narrated her memoir and it was so moving and raw.
I have had to face various types of numbing and addiction in my life so I can relate to all of her emotions behind the addictions. She has an amazing way of conveying the insanity inside and how we don’t realize that it is insane when we are in it.
There are phrases that she used that touched me.
She commented on how a woman at a church was giving out grace like it was a free-for-all. She realized a shift when the words resonated with her…”GRACE IS FREE FOR ALL!!”
I love the feeling of that, we all deserve grace. No matter the path we have taken, God gives us his Grace without charge. It’s FREE for ALL!
“Numbing keeps us from learning our lessons.”
One thing I learned in AA is that pain always comes before peace. I was on a retreat earlier this year and one of the lessons was that we needed to accept pain. We can’t avoid it. Numbing only delays it. It is waiting for us to acknowledge it. The only way passed it is through it.
“Pain is a place brave people visit.”
That really hit home, because it does take courage to face the pain life deals us, real or imaginary. I say that because we often times create our own pain inside our heads. The pain is real, but the situation is our own perception of reality. Once we know that, then we can change our perception and start the healing process.
“Grief is proof of love.”
Sometimes I question whether I am capable of love. I have spent so much time numbing and afraid that I wonder what love actually feels like. I have questioned if I ever loved. Glennon talks about having these same questions and feelings.
I have grieved the loss of relationships, friendships, death and most recently the grieving the loss of family ties that I am not sure were ever there. I don’t know, in some cases, if there was love from the other person, but I know I loved.
I guess maybe now it is learning how to be loved. How to let people love me.
This is such a powerful book! I highly recommend it!!