New edition with bonus chapter detailing practical applications.
Scientific evidence and personal experience tell us that sincere, engaging personal relationships are essential for health and happiness. Yet, little is said about how we might actively nurture such relationships for ourselves and for people near us at home and work.
Executive Coach Tony Mayo drew on the research of Brené Brown, Joseph Campbell, and others to compose this enthusiastically received non-sectarian sermon. Originally delivered to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston at their Sunday services on January 26, 2014, it has now has been revised and expanded for publication.
How do we balance the universal human needs of authenticity and acceptance in our personal lives? How might we foster communities where others have the courage to be truly themselves with us? The word courage originally meant “to speak and act from the heart,” or cour in Latin. Courage is required to express our deepest and most authentic selves because we so often fear judgment, rejection and exclusion.
Comments from Readers & Listeners
“I so appreciate your wonderful talk yesterday morning. A great reminder for me to continue to take risks in my life and get out of my comfort zone as well as trusting others. It also reminded me of the importance of meditation in my life.” –Church Member
“Your message was loud and clear and magically delivered. Thank you.” –Church Member
“Tony Mayo covers a lot of meaningful ground in a handful of pages - he brings together courage, bravery, belonging, acceptance, compassion and more - and backs it up with insights, experience, AND academic references! I loved it!” –Ron Dimon, author of EPM Done Right (Wiley CIO Series)
“I am moved and inspired. It is absolutely great, challenging, and rich. Plus more adjectives are in me - all superlative, I'm sure. I must listen to it at least 2 more times; there is a lot to grok here.” –Lowell Nerenberg, Executive Coach
“We were inspired by what you shared and how you shared it. Thank you.” –Church Member
“Tony, one of the things I valued most about your sermon is that so few words were wasted. You did not speak just to fill the time; each sentence added to the whole.” –Church Member
“Thank you, Tony, for such a wonderful message this morning. It was so uplifting and based on feedback, provided many with a transformational experience.” –Church Board member
“I found your sermon to be rich and meaningful. I agree that you should make it available in print. I would like to revisit it, and those who missed it should take a look!” –Church Member
“My life could use more Courage just now, and your talk gave me some ideas that could help.” –Church Member
“Tony, I have it on good authority that your sermon this last Sunday was about the best ever. Could I get a printed copy?” –Email from church member who had been out of town.
“Tony has a wonderful way with words. I highly recommend reading this book or finding the audio version.” – Michael Cohen
“Not a sermon, but rather an invitation.
“Tony makes it clear that if we’re going to feel fulfilled, connected and alive, we’re going to have to reveal our hearts.” – Robert “Rohit” Millstein, Investment Manager