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This week, Oprah encourages you to share your story with others

ByRandall B. Phelps

Feb 20, 2022

Each week, Oprah sets an intention exclusively for Oprah Insiders, with musings on topics like letting go, forgiveness, becoming your own, and more. Come back to this page every day to be inspired by this week’s theme: The Power of Vulnerability.


Hi, Oprah Daily Insiders!

I want to talk to you about the importance of vulnerability. Years ago, I discussed this very subject with Brené Brown for an episode of Super Soul Sunday. At the time, she had just released her bestseller, Boldly, in which she defined vulnerability as being brave enough to “show up and be seen”. Reading the book and chatting with her in person, I remember thinking, Wow, that’s all i know to be true.

I had shared my stories and times in my life when I felt cheated or scared or challenged in life with The Oprah Winfrey Show public, but I had never thought of him as vulnerable. I understood that sharing my stories and listening to other people share their own stories was what really connected us. The thing that I cherish the most The Oprah Winfrey Show is my connection to the audience, many of whom were you. So now when I think of vulnerability, I think it’s able to open up your soul a bit, so that others can see their soul in yours.

I believe that’s one of the bravest things you can do: be vulnerable. It is the antithesis of being weak because vulnerability is the cornerstone of trust. It’s the great connector that allows others to say, “Yeah, I’ve been there too.”

This week, I’m going to sit down with Frank Bruni, a longtime journalist and writer for the New York Times, for my third course “The life you want”. He beautifully narrated a vulnerable memoir released on March 1 titled The beauty of twilight, and inside, he recounts waking up one morning with strangely blurred vision. Shortly after, he discovered he had suffered a rare overnight stroke that had left him functionally blind in his right eye – and as doctors explained to him, the same disorder could also ravage his eye. left. As a writer, the possibility of losing his sight shook him to the core. Imagine losing something that is so much of what you’ve spent your life doing? As a result of this daunting reality, Frank Bruni had to do a lot of soul-searching about how he defined himself and what made him who he was.

The vulnerability and resilience Frank has shown in the face of adversity is something we can all learn from – which is why I hope you’ll join us on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST, right here on OprahDaily.com, to learn more. know more about Frank. powerful story.

Until then, I encourage you to think about how you can live more vulnerable by being real about what is real to you. Have a good week.

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