Monday Bedtime Listen: Becoming Real


rabbit, velveteen

In closing her chapter entitled, ‘Understanding and Combating Shame’, Brene Brown, in her book Daring Greatly, shares a passage from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco. Of the excerpt she writes,

“It’s a beautiful reminder of how much easier it is to become real when we know we’re loved…”

I read along to the passage below. May you close your eyes at bedtime and drift into the land of dreams knowing you are loved.  Upon your waking, may you remember.

 

 

 “Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

 

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