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Oct 27, 2022

Key Takeaways


  • No matter how great we are, we are going to fail.
  • Teaching our children how to navigate failure by showing them how we navigate it.
  • Vulnerability is an opportunity.
  • Becoming a man is a journey, not a moment.
  • What's needed from men/sages is not information but presence.




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Chris Bruno


There is nothing more exciting to me than the intersection of transformation and adventure. This is why I founded Restoration Counseling – a place where we daily engage the power of restoration and epic re-storying. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I specialize in men and masculinity, sexual addiction, trauma and abuse. My experience as a men’s therapist and my work with men at Restoration Project provide me a wealth of experience when navigating the landscape of a man’s heart.


As I work with clients, my focus is on discovering and “reading” the narrative of their lives and guiding them toward the transformation that comes through adventurously and honestly engaging our sorrows AND our glories. This, to me, is what I was created for.


Key Quotes (Full Transcript of the Conversation Here)


  • 12:02 - "Teaching them how to navigate, is to show them how I navigate it and what I do with my flat tire and what I do with my explosion and how I recover from that. I am in the midst of that. What I learn from that. And then how I move on."
  • 21:09 - "It was the elder season of a man's life that they considered the pinnacle of manhood. That it wasn't when he was when he became a father, wasn't when he was the king or the warrior or any of those other stages of a man's life, it was when he was the elder, or the sage. And the reason for that is because if he is an elder, than he is a pylon of society, that when there is a society full of sages, there is groundedness, there is containment, there is wisdom, there is guidance, there is an unflappability to who he is. There is a generous hospitality that he exudes around him. There is a subtle-ness to a sage. And when sages don't exist in society, that's where we get all the opposites of that."
  • 36:13 - "There's so few sages that probably one of the best things that you could do is to be around other men who are pursuing sage. Because there's something there about the camaraderie of men that when we are pursuing sage together, even if we don't know what it is and what it looks like, if we have intention to go there, we're going to find our way."


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