in childhood to hide our weaknesses lest we be teased or otherwise hurt. Now as we trek through adulthood, through the challenges of education and career, partnering or being alone, parenthood or its absence, growing older in health or illness and experiencing loss, our vulnerability, and perhaps our defenses to stifle its awareness, pops into our consciousness with some regularity. What we make of it and do with it varies widely.
Recently a working mother of two shared a video with me of a TED talk given by Brene Brown, "The Power of Vulnerability." This busy woman balancing the demands of a high-powered career with marriage and mothering two young sons urged me to watch the video. I did, and I offer it with enthusiasm to you here: The Power of Vulnerability.
Brene Brown gives a rousing 20-minute talk on how she came to learn the value of vulnerability as a researcher (who tells stories) and how she sought therapy to process what she had learned about it.
I urge you to view this talk and see if it sparks discovery within you about yourself.
The photo above was taken by me in gulfcoast Florida on a breezy winter day.