This has been an interesting couple of weeks. Keeping my wits about me has been a challenge to say the least. My apologies for neglecting this awesome space and community, but I am back and I am rebooting, recalibrating, and reinvigorating myself. Too often we let the day to day issues of our lives overwhelm us and it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Like when your AC breaks in the middle of the worst heat wave of the entire summer, your toddler is sleeping in a pool of her own sweat, and the repairman informs you that the entire system has to be replaced for eleven THOUSAND dollars. Ya heard? THOUSAND. Well ten and change, but at that point it may as well be eleven. Hell it may as well be a million, all we know is it is TOO much. But in the scheme of things it’s really ok. The fact that we have AC to begin with is a luxury and when we become accustom to having these things we begin to take them for granted. So this weekend I am coming back to center, remembering what matters, and getting my head on straight. I’m going to stop “sweating” the small stuff, pun very much intended. In the spirit of my realigning, I thought I would share with you three of my favorite TED TALKS of all time. I will be watching these this weekend to get inspired, uplifted, and motivated. Who’s in?
The Power of Vulnerability: Brené Brown
First up is The Power of Vulnerability. This is absolutely on of my favorite TED TALKS ever. I want to start with this one because often times when we are overwhelmed by our emotional reactions to our circumstances, we sometimes see that vulnerability as weakness. In fact it is the opposite. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent over a decade researching shame, and what she has discovered is nothing less than groundbreaking. This talk will reframe shame and vulnerability for you in a way that will absolutely transform how you feel about yourself and your more “vulnerable” emotions. It is a MUST WATCH for anyone that wants a rich and fuller experience of their life. It’s the perfect place to start for an emotional reboot.
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist who suffered a massive stroke at the age of 37. Her experience of herself and the world was completely altered as one hemisphere of her brain shut down and the other hemisphere took over. What resulted during her eight year recovery was a profound shift in consciousness and the way in which she saw the world. This talk is AMAZING. It is the epitome of inspiring and the perfect reminder that things are often not as we perceive. This is a mind expanding, heart opening experience, and if you haven’t seen it already, you will LOVE this talk. Be prepared to have your view of the world change for the better.
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
Shawn Achor is a positive psychology researcher. He has dedicated his life to studying the effects of positive psychology, and has found that success does not breed happiness, but in fact it is the other way around. Happiness has been strongly correlated to success. Happiness is linked with higher rates of productivity, so maybe we have been thinking about this all wrong. Shawn will inspire you to go out there and do the things that bring you happiness, and success will be a natural by product of that. This is a really fun, uplifting, and funny TED TALK.
I hope these TED TALKS Inspire, uplift, and motivate you as much as they have me. Have a great weekend.