On Being with Krista Tippett: Brené Brown and Vulnerability

“With creativity, the primary shame trigger around that is comparison.” – Brené Brown

BOOM. Discovery. Truth. Lightbulbs. Eureka. This is a perfect explanation of my problems. On the one hand, you want to be inspired. On the other hand, you look at things and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It creates a weird little competition among artists.

“How can we embrace rest and play if we’ve tied ourselves to what we produce?”

“Does this mean that our capacity for wholeheartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be brokenhearted?”

“Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experience”

“To me, vulnerability is courage. It’s about the willingness to show up and be seen in our lives”

“Think about the last time you did something brave. Or the last time you saw someone do something brave”

“Whatever your daring is, however you’re trying to show up in your life, I think there’s something incredibly contagious and powerful about it, I think it makes the people around us a little bit braver, and I think it helps us get very clear on the ideals and values that guide our lives.”

“So f you do something and you think,  ‘My identity is on the line here,’ like, ‘If it fails, I’m bad,’ the only thing that’s at stake is that it could fail, not that you are nothing.”

What an interesting idea – we aren’t defined by our actions. Some would hold strongly to that idea; we are our actions. If we aren’t defined by our actions, then an evil act does not make you an evil person, a good act does not make you a good person. You are an amalgamation of behaviors, choices, values, emotions, and actions. You are not one or the other; you are not a dichotomy. You are a complex, nuanced being that has the potential for balance, balancing the good with the bad. What a fantastic thought! You are not condemned (or lauded, for that matter) for your choices.

Does God prescribe a definition of who we are? We are his. We are not our actions. We are his children. We are loved, unconditionally, no matter our actions. That’s God’s thing – we are not defined by our actions.

Being vulnerable completely contradicts all of our survival instincts.

“Hope is a function of struggle. Hope is not an emotion; hope is a cognitive, behavioral process that we learn when we experience adversity, when we experience relationships that are trustworthy, when people have faith in our ability to get out of a jam.”

“I think we’re awakening from a period of deep disengagement”



Favorite YouTube username of all time. I would recommend “Riding the ‘EL’ Around the Chicago Loop.” A nice 9-minute and 56-second vicarious Brown Line ride.