It is entirely possible that I am one of the last on the planet to be aware of this TED talk. And if so you can all just laugh (with) me. But I suspect that there will be many that will be challenged and blessed by Brene Brown’s short, but powerful video.
For me, I am particularly grateful that I learned about Brene Brown from a couple of my counseling clients.
Two days in a row I was directed to listen to her TED talks — this one on vulnerability and another on shame. I am grateful because I am committed to not only teach, but to also learn from my younger friends. Over the years I have gained many valuable insights and been referred to excellent books and resources by not giving in to a kind of arrogance of age. Oh, wait, I guess I am talking about vulnerability here — admitting I don’t know everything — that I don’t have the market cornered on wisdom and knowledge, even in my selected field.
The phrase we have always used is “having a teachable spirit”.
For some it may be hard to be vulnerable in this area. It may trigger feelings of inadequacy and shame. Sort of like what the video is addressing. But I see it as an indicator of growth, of maturity.
Are you comfortable and secure in your inadequacies? Can you freely admit them without shame?
I made so many spiritual connections that were implicit, but obvious in this video. Take a listen and tell me what you think.