Resilience Alphabet – V is for Vulnerability and Vitality

It’s 10 years since Brene Brown delivered her Ted Talk on Vulnerability and shared her wisdom around the importance of feeling and acknowledging our emotions, and not seeking to numb them. You will easily find this if you search her name and the term vulnerability and it is still worth a listen 10 years later.

There is perhaps no time in your own life when you have felt more vulnerable and your very existence threatened more acutely than you have in the last few weeks. You may be surprised at this introduction to a Blog on personal resilience! However, it is an important part of our mental health and response to what is happening, to have the courage to own our vulnerability and at the same time recognise the importance of the vitality which is life and embracing all that means within the current context.

She concludes her Ted Talk by encouraging us “To let ourselves be seen in all our vulnerability, to love with our whole hearts even though there is no guarantee, to practise gratitude and joy when we have doubts, and to belief that we are enough to get through this together.” (I have summarised)

That brings me to vitality. If you are reading this – you are alive. How are you going to use your vitality today? What are you going to use it for? And when we look back on April 202, will you feel content that you were wise in its use?

Today embrace your vulnerability, for some of us it is a feeling we are uncomfortable with. In essence it is vitality stripped bare and the very thing that enables us to embrace life.

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