It’s probably not as new to you as it may be for the French side of this blog, but just in case – oh la la ladies, this is powerful!
I swear I’m not the fangirl type but I’m fangirling hard over Brené Brown’s work! I can’t even remember which video I watched first, but I remember scouring the internet and watching every interview or conference I could find.
She introduced herself like that: Brené Brown is a researcher and a storyteller. She’s smart, funny, honest and brave and every video I watched moved me, inspired me and filled me with admiration.
Let me explain the gush fest. She’s a brilliant researcher and I totally relate to her I-am-cerebral-and-I-analyze-everything side. Outsmarting reality is a great defence mode. However, she acknowledges the humanity in her data and her stories are soulful – that’s what is truly smart. She’s honest enough to not ignore what her research is telling her, even when she’d rather stay comfortably oblivious. It’s fairly obvious that she’s a control freak, yet she doesn’t hide behind her work and shows her vulnerability. Her work (beyond her research) is to transform her life, to show it to us and to take us with her on the journey.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
BE VULNERABLE TO BE HAPPY
In a nutshell (and it’s far more complex than how I make it sound): we know we’re vulnerable, we protect ourselves and that’s how we quench our flame. To be happy, we need to stop protecting ourselves. To stop protecting ourselves, we need to change our perspective and see our vulnerability as a vital force instead of a weakness. Because it’s vulnerability that can open the way toward happiness and courage is the key.
Ouch. It’s not going to be easy, right?!
At the end of the day, it brings us back to us, to this feeling that when we are stripped naked with only our imperfections on, we are not enough.
Maybe that’s we are all running after – being enough…
“No matter how much I get done, or is left undone, at the end of the day I am enough.”
Books to dive in
If you want to dive in and learn more, or even if you only want to dip a toe in the water, Brené Brown gives suggestions about where to start on her website.
I read her books in order and following the progression of her work suits me just fine.
Watch, listen, read and tell me what you think!