This book club is ran by my local library and the leader is the librarian at the library. The non fiction caught my eye and quickly I borrowed the book Rising Strong by Brené Brown, so I can participate in the discussion.
I might have heard Brown’s TED talk in the past. An excellent speaker and story teller, however, I feel her theme is just too much of a chicken soup for the soul.
Courage. Vulnerability. Shame. 勇气. 脆弱. 耻辱.
They’re nouns that is in the eyes of the beholder. And interestingly enough, the group leader brought up an example by saying ‘I couldn’t resist eating chocolate during the Valentine’s Day because they’re so good…’
I’m wondering, it was her vulnerability alright, but was it her lacking of self control?
I still went because of the non fiction title of the club, but disappointed at the gathering. I was the first one to arrive and learnt that this meet was the third meet on the same book and one more to follow. She opened the meet by saying how much she loves qigong 气功 which wiki defines is a centuries-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training. She then went on to teach the principal of the book, mixing in the energy block … etc.
Wait a second. Didn’t we read the book? Shouldn’t we be discussing it, as to benefit from each other? At one point, she mentioned that she was brought up by being non confrontational. She was often at loss of words and pause. During one of the pauses, I asked the five women if they were taught to obey and not confrontational. The ladies from Iran said yes. The Canadian said, somewhat yes and the only American lady said, hell, no. I thought this was the only good thing I took from the meet.