Oprah's Super Soul Sunday is a favorite of my wife's. Okay, it's a favorite of mine, too. I'll admit it. Especially because Oprah's guest yesterday (Sunday, March 17, 2013), Brene' Brown, became famous for a TED talk she gave on vulnerability.

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I know that some of my friends and the clowns down the hall may make fun of me and threaten to pull my guy card if I admit that I not only watch, but am inspired by, Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday. I can feel the vulnerability that Oprah and Brene' discussed right now. And it feels good.

I stopped drinking alcohol on July 1, 2009. I have addiction issues. In overcoming that addiction, I learned something astounding. In order to stop abusing my body and wasting the gift of time on this Earth that I was given, I had to surrender. One would think that waving the white flag means the end, but for me it was the beginning.

This is similar to what Brene' Brown said concerning vulnerability on Super Soul Sunday yesterday. Though it is seen as a weakness by many, without vulnerability, we cannot achieve intimacy, comfort in our own skins, and other things that lead to good mental health and functional relationships.

Brene' Brown was on Oprah because of the books she has written, such as 'Daring Greatly', and because of the TED talk she gave on vulnerability that has more than 8,000,000 views. In it, she shares this.

The people who have a strong sense of love and belonging, believe they are worthy of love and belonging. That's it. They believe they are worthy.


In her interview with Oprah, she referred quite a few times to a speech by the Teddy Bear himself. It's the source of the title of her book, 'Daring Greatly'.

Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic"
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.