The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle? “Me too.”

by Todd Foley

Words of empathy carry so much power. They help to normalize struggles and are the most valuable response to an act of vulnerability.

I could say so much more, but I’d just be reiterating what Brene Brown says in this TED talk on shame, guilt and vulnerability [below].

I especially appreciate what Brown said about art being one of the most vulnerable acts: Pouring so much of yourself into something that never existed before and then sharing this deeply personal creation with the world, opening it up to the interpretation of both loved ones and total strangers. It’s terrifying. To be completely honest, I experience a mild panic attack every time I hit “Publish” on this blog. “People will hate it, Todd. They’ll brush it off. They’ll ignore it. They’ll compare it to the work of their favorite writer, and you will pale in comparison. Don’t do it. It isn’t worth the energy.”

Maybe that’s true.

Want to know something else that’s true? I’ll never know until I share.

But enough about me. Check out this video, and ask yourself the following questions: 1) How do you feel before you share your work with the world? 2) How do you respond to the vulnerability of others? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

“If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three things to grow: secrecy, silence and judgment. If you put the same amount of shame in a petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive. The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle? ‘Me too.'”
-Brene Brown