In her speech on TedTalks, Brown (2010) discussed the following statement: “Lean into the discomfort of the work”. In my point of view, it means to think outside the box and focus on challenges, as well as the ways to improve. For example, in social work, it is especially important to practice connection, trying to build relationships with clients, their families, colleagues, and any other involved people. This statement resonates with my experience since I felt that a lack of connection is embarrassing and destructive to one’s performance. I remember that the failure to work on team projects resulted mainly from the inability to communicate and find a compromise with the team members. Therefore, I agree with Brown (2010) and her idea that connection promotes growth: when one feels belongingness to others, it gives the foundation for recognizing and using opportunities.
As for the power of vulnerability, it seems that courage in the meaning of heartedness is the main driving force that makes people happy and loving. When one treats himself or herself and others with sincere care and love, he or she becomes vulnerable to failure and betrayal, but also obtain great opportunities for being loved. I also agree with Brown (2010) as it is the willingness to take the first step and say “I love you” that makes a person courageous and open to any response.
To reflect on the readings and videos, it seems to be useful to apply Gibbs’ reflective cycle (n.d.). The stage of feelings seems to be especially beneficial to understanding personal thoughts and behaviors. More to the point, by reflecting on feelings, it is possible to reveal the issues that cause misunderstanding or pain, while the next evaluation and analysis stages provide the basis for making relevant conclusions.
Brown, B. (2010). The power of vulnerability [Video]. TED. Web.
Gibbs’ reflective cycle. (n.d.). Web.