Practicing empathy is hard especially because we practice with people… people are complicated. There isn’t a dashboard displaying what we each need most at that very moment in time. No billboards above our heads flashing ‘I need empathy’. We gotta go with our gut and sometimes we miss an opportunity completely. That’s what happened to me a few months ago… (more…)
My thoughts from Brené Brown’s 3rd class in the Living Brave semester…
Empathy and self-compassion… such a simple title but I knew I was in for it. Empathy AND self-compassion, not just one of the other but both! I was going to walk away from this lesson with a black eye thanks to Brené’s one-two punch. There is significant room for improvement in my life in these two areas. (more…)
Following are my thoughts upon finishing Lesson 2 in Brené Brown’s Living Brave class.
Vulnerability is a taboo word in today’s society. Any mention of the word and voices are lowered, shifty eyes glance left and right, and you’re shushed with “I don’t do vulnerability.”
Less thinking. More feeling.
These are the words that jumped off the page at me. I just re-cracked the spine on Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, and in the introduction (the introduction, mind you, page 6, not even the ‘real’ part of the book yet) I was caught off guard with these four words. Her powerfully penned punch landed right on my nose. Ouch!
A few years ago I read the book Journey to the Impossible by Scott Jeffrey. The book found it’s way back into my hands today at a time when I needed words of encouragement. Do you ever have those moments of divine intervention where you get just what you need? I’m thankful and humbled for these moments.
I hope these words stoke the fire within you as it did for me. Rage on…
John Maxwell says that experience isn’t the best teacher… evaluated experience is. Every day I learn something new but until I evaluate what I learn, I won’t change because of what I learned. Yes… sometimes evaluation is a painful process but so is not changing. (more…)