courage-is-grace-under-pressure-2What Do Oprah, Brené Brown and Marianne Williamson Have in Common?

If you need extra inspiration in your life right now, this message is for you.

If you want to make changes in your romantic relationship, but feel you don’t have enough courage, this message is for you.

If you love the idea of being a warrior of love, but you’re not even sure what that means, this message is for you.

What I’m about to share with you has been endorsed by Oprah, Brené Brown, Marianne Williamson and now thousands (if not millions) of others. 

As I began to plan this month’s messages on the subject of courage, I was graced with a message from Oprah about her newest book club selection. And as I checked in with my internal guidance, I received an affirmative YES to the choice of purchasing and reading this book.

I finished the book last night, and I continue to be moved by this woman’s courage, rawness, vulnerability and truth. The personal details she shares are ones that many people would be afraid to even think about, let alone share with the world.

The book is called Love Warrior, and the author’s name is Glennon Doyle Melton. Along with Oprah, Brené Brown and Marianne Williamson, I HIGHLY recommend it!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling confused and discouraged about life’s various challenges, it always helps to read/hear the personal stories of others who have moved through their challenges with grace.

Here’s what Brené Brown had to say about it: “This is a book about what it means to be human – to wrestle with love, hurt, addiction, vulnerability, intimacy, and grace. Love Warrior blew me away. We can all find pieces of our own stories reflected in Glennon’s powerful words. We are so lucky to have her courage and wisdom in the world. We need this kind of truth telling if we are ever going to find a way back to each other.”

And Marianne Williamson said: “This elegant, moving memoir is about one woman’s marriage but also so much more than that. Glennon writes about a hunger for love that all of us feel and the only food that ultimately feeds us. She understands the unique relationship between spiritual and romantic love, and in finding one she masters the other. Truly a wonderful book.”

Personally, in the past, I struggled with the word “warrior”. To me it was a word used when describing force, war or fighting. But after reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior a couple of years ago, and now Love Warrior, I have updated my definition of this word. And I absolutely love how Glennon Doyle Melton defines it:

God created woman as a Warrior. I think about the tragedies the women in my life have faced. How every time a child gets sick or a man leaves or a parent dies or a community crumbles, the women are the ones who carry on, who do what must be done for their people in the midst of their own pain. While those around them fall away, the women hold the sick and nurse the weak, put food on the table, carry their families’ sadness and anger and love and hope. They keep showing up for their lives and their people with the odds stacked against them and the weight of the world on their shoulders. They never stop singing songs of truth, love, and redemption in the face of hopelessness. They’re inexhaustible, ferocious, relentless cocreators with God, and they make beautiful worlds out of nothing. Have women been the Warriors all along?

The outdated idea of warriors being men who fight is no longer true for me. I now believe that the word warrior resembles the strength, resilience and courage within – the spark that fuels the passion to live our best lives. And I encourage you to embrace your true warrior – She is always with you and will never leave you.

If you feel like the odds are stacked against you and the weight of the world is on your shoulders, remember…you are stronger than you think.

If you’re feeling discouraged in the face of hopelessness, remember…you are more far more capable than you realize.

If the pressure of life’s challenges has you feeling like you’re ready to explode, remember…courage will bring you grace. Pain is an opportunity for growth.

And always remember…you are not alone and you are worthy of an amazing life!

Stay tuned for more mindful messages. Giving you helpful tips and exercises to improve the quality of your life and relationships!

With love and support,

Catherine Dietz
Healthy Relationship Coach
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P.S. If you need extra support right now, it’s okay to ask for help! Asking for help is an act of courage, not weakness. You’re not alone and you’re welcome to schedule a free Relationship Breakthrough Session with me. I would love to support you in any way I can.