Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy--the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
--Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.,
from The Gifts of Imperfection
Melissa Brown Levine is a copy editor, proofreader, manuscript consultant, and writer.