We all have a deep need for love, belonging and connection. Sometimes it seems like the best way to meet this need is to hide our imperfections, turn ourselves into someone different and hope we fit in. But in the end, it only causes us to feel alone and separate from others.
The reality is that sharing the ups and downs of your human experience, with people who want to do the same, is what builds deeper connections. Strange as it may seem, you actually put others at ease and draw them closer by sharing the whole spectrum of your humanity.
Life and relationships go better when we make room for our human-ness. As Brene Brown so beautifully reminds us, true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world. We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known.
It’s true that the toughest emotions in life such as fear, loneliness, inadequacy, or unworthiness can come from putting yourself out there. But it is within this same vulnerability that you can find true love, connection, creativity, belonging, joy and a life that truly means something.
There is no one who embraces the power of vulnerability like Brene Brown. She has truly become a leader in this area over the past few years. This Sunday we take the advantage of her wisdom, creativity and vulnerability through sharing her incredibly popular Ted Talk.