Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The power of vulnerability

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At over 11.5 million views, I seem to be one of the few people who hadn't seen Dr. Brene Brown's TEDx talk on vulnerability.  The talk is long, as TED talks tend to be, but make the time for yourself to watch if you can.  She is a great presenter and peppers in humour to a very powerful, moving talk on a tender subject.

I admit, there were moments when I felt a bit uncomfortable listening to this talk, because these issues are at the core of all of us.  Vulnerability is uncomfortable at best, but her point is that it is critical to being a whole-hearted, fulfilled person.  Denying the experience of vulnerability and negative emotion takes away the potential for fully experiencing positive emotion as well.

My favorite take-away from her message was when she talked about parental tendency to perfect their children, where what was truly needed was to raise children to believe:

"You're imperfect and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging."

It seems so simple, but how completely amazing and life-altering if a person truly believed that and acted accordingly.  If you'd like to see the whole talk, check it out here.

p.s.  if you're interested in another amazing TED talk, watch this.  The spoken-word poem for the first three and a half minutes moves me to happy tears.

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