Keep Reaching Out- How Vulnerability and Empathy Can Save Us
It is difficult to acknowledge suffering sometimes. I don’t even like to admit to myself that I’m struggling, let alone allow others to see what I consider my wrongdoing or weakness. I write a lot about shame. Shame is the feeling that you are wrong. Not that you did something wrong, but that you are wrong. Shame needs three things to thrive: silence, secrecy, and judgement. When shame convinces us we’re all alone, that’s when things get downright dangerous. Knowing that, I’m fighting shame today by posting this reminder. It’s for me, and it’s for you.
Find someone, anyone you can trust, and keep reaching out to them. We don’t need people to fix us. We simply need them to listen. If they can offer empathy then we’ve found a sacred space. I swear these will be the things that see us through- the reaching out, and the “me-too.”
Brené Brown speaks on the power of vulnerability in the video below.