A: Most of us can benefit from The Daring Way and Rising Strong. For most adults and adolescents, we can think of areas in our lives we’d like to live more bravely. Where do you want to live more bravely and more authentically? In your relationship? As a parent? As a friend? At work?
Taking work as an example, we’ve all had the experience of contributing to a discussion in a meeting – bravely putting out a new idea, a new thought, an opinion. Heart racing, expectantly waiting to see how our input is received – and it’s met with crickets. You know that feeling: the sinking sensation, second-guessing moment that our input falls flat. For some of us, an experience like that would cause us to shrink away, keep quiet, withdraw. For others, it might cause us to puff up, to try to explain, to become defensive. And still for others of us, that experience might not cause much anxiety at all. Where do you fall on this continuum? What IS that experience? Is there a “right” way to respond?
This is one example of the work of The Daring Way. And just as we all respond differently to the scenario above, we all have different things in our lives that cause that feeling. How we respond to that feeling is very much individual, and our response can be constructive – or not. This is the work of The Daring Way. And it can change your life because we all have that feeling often enough.
Rising Strong builds on the lessons of The Daring Way, but can also stand alone as a guide for reckoning with our emotions and rumbling with our stories. What does reckoning with emotion mean? It means knowing how to cope and process our emotional experiences in the most beneficial way for our growth. What does it mean to reckon with our stories? This means being aware of the stories we tell ourselves about our lives and beginning to write our own endings.
Rising Strong is about getting back up after we fall. When we are brave enough often enough, we will fail sometimes. The work of Rising Strong is about what is takes to get back up.