My son sent a link to me yesterday, saying that a Ted Talk he listened to, given by Brené Brown, had affected him deeply.

Opening to Vulnerability

Feel It All

I listened to it, and was struck, immediately, by three things:

1–You can’t pick and choose with emotions, numbing or burying  only the “bad” ones. If you attempt to do this, you will also lose connection with the good ones.

2–Maybe protecting our children from really experiencing their emotions, including the bad ones, is not a viable strategy ~ because of #1.

3–We need to cultivate the courage to feel our emotions deeply. That means allowing ourselves to be vulnerable.

I am going to watch this talk a few more times, because these ideas that Brené shares are very important: for our life and work, our joy and creativity. Brown’s talk is not only profound, but ENTERTAINING. That is an accomplishment.

I am so grateful to have a son that allows himself to feel this way.

The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.
………….~ Brené Brown


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to Vulnerability

  1. A marvelous post Carol. I’ll go straight away to view TEd but your reflections and your art moved me, unsettled me by the challenge you present.

  2. Carol Wiebe says:

    You are a mother as well, Susan, and understand how wonderful it is when your grown child shares their deepest feelings with you.

    I have been away teaching a class of my own, and so took some time to reply, but I MUST get to your site soon. I can always count on you for insights and inspiration!

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