I love Brené Brown’s  Ted Talk on The Power of Vulnerability.  I have watched it several times in the past few months.  But a friend sent it to me again yesterday.  I knew I had already heard it many times, but I listened again anyway.  It’s amazing to me how much I got out of it, AGAIN, touching me in ways it didn’t before.  It spoke to me for where I am now and what I am going through now.  And it was exactly what I needed.

I’m learning that I am kind of hard on myself.  I have been facing some things lately and needed this message at this exact time.  Several things that Brené said hit me where I needed it:

  • COURAGE is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
  • We need to have the COURAGE to be imperfect.
  • Have the compassion to be kind to yourself first and then to others because as it turns out, we cannot show compassion to others if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.
  • Be willing to let go of who you thought you should be in order to be who you are.
  • We are imperfect and wired for struggle BUT we are worthy of love and belonging.

I could go on and on but those really hit me.  I get so caught up in pleasing others that I forget to make myself happy first.  Sometimes I don’t even realize I am doing it.  Ok, not sometimes – more like most of the time.

My story is still being written and my journey is only beginning.  I’m excited about these next few chapters.  Stick around through the journey.

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2 Responses to Vulnerability

  1. haleyduke17 says:

    We have no idea where our journey may take us. I can totally relate to this, because I just left my job after almost a decade with them. I’m moving into a different field and I feel completely vulnerable. Thanks for sharing this.

    • It’s scary for sure – as you know! Good luck with your new field! You are going to be amazing! How strong you are doesn’t matter nearly as much as how consistently you use what strength you have. Anything is possible with perseverance. – Ralph Martson

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