David Soliday spoke to us about his thoughts on vulnerability.  While attending E tech Ohio conference (http://www.etech.ohio.gov/conference-videos).   he caught a lecture by Brené Brown. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.  Wholehearted people operate out of love and belonging.  Humans are designed to need love and belonging.  Having love and belonging enables one to offer love and belonging.  Such love and belonging is never negotiable in a healthy loving relationship.  When you ask a healthy person if they would rather be right or continue to have a healthy relationship, the healthy people will choose to continue the relationship.

Characteristics of wholehearted people:

Creative

Practice rest and play

embrace vulnerability

Vulnerability is not the same as weakness, though we tend to think so.  Ironically, embracing vulnerability is a sign of courage.  People who show vulnerability For instance, there are things that some people will find worth doing even if there is a large chance that he will fail.  For healthy people, vulnerability is not an option and acknowledgement of it is living honestly.  It is not the safe option.  People who embrace vulnerability show the most courage

It is Thurman’s birthday on Tuesday.  We lit a candle for Barbara Mumrichhouse, John Martin’s birthday is also coming up.