Researcher Brené Brown speaks on her decade of research studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.
Fri, Jul 27 2012 at 2:25 PM
Got a few minutes this weekend? Grab a cup of tea and take 20 minutes out of your day to watch this video. Now you know that as the mom of two young girls, I know how precious those 20 minutes are. But trust me, this is good stuff. Powerful stuff. The kind of stuff that will stick with you for a while and roll around in your brain the next time you think life is just a little too stressful. Here's one of my favorite bits:
"This is what I have found: to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even though there's no guarantee -- and that's really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that's excruciatingly difficult -- to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we're wondering, "Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?" just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, "I'm just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I'm alive." And the last, which I think is probably the most important, is to believe that we're enough. Because when we work from a place, I believe, that says, "I'm enough," then we stop screaming and start listening, we're kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we're kinder and gentler to ourselves."
Watch. And then let me know what you think.
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