The other day I was inspired to pick up my copy of Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong, which I randomly opened to the chapter entitled “Sewer Rats and Scofflaws.”

In this chapter, Brene shares a story in which she moves from anger to self-righteousness to compassion. The story begins with Brene volunteering to speak at a conference and being asked to share a hotel room with someone she does not know. Brene said when she walked into the hotel room, her roommate quickly behaved in a way that Brene found disrespectful and discourteous. When Brene politely attempted to address the behavior, her roommate blew her off…

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