What an excellent lecture! Brene Brown details what started as a one project that grew to a six year research project complied of stories and interviews covering connection, vulnerability, shame, and other fascinating topics.
Immediately after the opening monologue, a line struck me…talking about expanding perception. This struck me as it was targeted at a key health skill…perception.
Perception is the biggest, most immediate, factor on how we feel about ourselves, our surroundings, and our place in life. We also know that perception is subjective, meaning we can choose how to percieve situations, thoughts, feelings, our place in life, interactions with others, etc. We have a choice.
We know that we have power, we have choice in how to percieve. We also know that skills requires practice and a goal to progress. Think riding a bike, learning an instrument or new language. They require practice and a determination to progress. Practice contmeplating and controlling our perception.
The other other stand out was the definition given for courage. Brown tells us that the latin root for courage means to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
She began to discover those living lives whole heartedly had the courage to be imperfect, compassion to be kind to themselves and others, and connection because of authenticity. They fully embraced vulnerability, believed that what made them vulberable made them beautiful.