“Vulnerability & shame convert to courage with Network Spinal Analysis!”
To start off, Brene Brown breaks down the word courage. The root of the word courage is cor, the latin word for heart. Courage originally meant, “to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.”
Brown observed that those who felt worthy of love and connection embraced vulnerability; “what made them vulnerable made them beautiful.”
In Brown’s follow up Ted Talk she backtracks to the source of her understanding of vulnerability—shame. Shame tells us we are not good enough; it’s what holds us back. And not surprisingly, shame grows when it’s not talked about.
I love the example Brown gave regarding shame in a petri dish. Shame grows exponentially when hit with secrecy, silence, and judgment yet if you put the same amount of shame in another petri dish and hit it with empathy, it cannot survive.
Speak your shame.
One of my greatest fears is public speaking and being in the spotlight. I was even a little hesitant to participate in this blog. But my uncertainty was enough reason for me to do it and I am so glad I did. I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone and let my light shine… Vulnerability at it’s finest.