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Or…  Is having an ordinary life thought to mean it’s a meaningless life?

Its awkward and difficult when I’m put on the spot sometimes.

Getting past that was something of a triumph as I grew in my career; but that wasn’t all there was to it because somewhere along the line, I began to wonder too if vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage.

This topic is deep. I had no idea just how much I’d learn by review of my life’s experience while listening to this one hour video — oh my!
Actually, I watched it twice.

Here’s one for you:

If someone said “What’s the difference between shame, guilt, humiliation, and embarrassment?” would you be able to respond with knowledge — the knowing from your experiences what’s the difference — the crux of what’s the struggles of lifelong learning? Never mind what is in the books.

Brené Brown
The Power of Vulnerability, July 4, 2013
Full RSA webcast including Q&A

Isn’t vulnerability basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure? “Yes”  How is vulnerability an asset? “In you, it’s courage and daring.” So, why not choose to always embrace vulnerability? “In me, it’s weakness.”

Watch this (the lecture is about 30 minutes; questions follow):

youtube source: watch?v=QMzBv35HbLk

Catch the first question/answer? Its a doozie!
Each question/answer is fantastic… hope you can see it all.

When we’ve attached our self-worth to what we produce
or earn, being real gets dicey.

Do I hitch my self-worth to what I do/did?
Hmmm… actually, I’m practicing not doing this.
I began before the video — THANK YOU GOD!

Research Point
“Our capacity for whole heartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be broken hearted.” Follow the research — try it out in yourself.

Thanks for reading
(spiritual topics in a secular world),

New post Eric


Dr Brené Brown has spent the past twelve years carrying out ground-breaking research into vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

BreneBrown-VulnerabilityA best-selling author and award-winning educator, Dr. Brown’s books and talks have been hugely influential in tackling the myth that vulnerability is a weakness.

She argues that it is only by embracing vulnerability and imperfection that we can live life with courage and authenticity.

Recognizing and acting on this insight has the power to transform the way we engage in our families, organizations, schools and communities.

“Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”


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