Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.
Chanced upon this really insightful talk by Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability. Soo good and super relevant to my recent posts on being vulnerable and living life with nothing hidden. 🙂 Hope this challenges your perspective!
A Wholehearted person’s way of life:
- Courage: to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. The courage to be imperfect.
- Compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others.
- Connection, as a result of authenticity, willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were.
- Fully embraced vulnerability. Believed what made them vulnerable is what made them beautiful.
- Willingness to say “i love you” first. Willingness to do something with no guarantees. Willingness to invest in a relationship that may/may not work out.
Vulnerability is the core of shame, fear, struggle for worthiness. But it’s also the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging and love.
- We numb vulnerability
- We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in US history.
- You can’t selectively numb emotion… you end up numbing everything. We numb joy, gratitude, happiness. We are miserable, looking for purpose and meaning.
Why and How we numb ourselves
- We make the uncertain, certain.
- Blame: a way to discharge pain and discomfort.
- We perfect.
- We pretend. that what we do doesn’t have an effect on other people.
Let ourselves be seen. Deeply seen, vulnerably seen.
To love with our whole hearts, even when there’s no guarantee.
To practice gratitude and lean into joy, even in moments of terror.
To believe that we are enough.
Stop screaming and start listening.