Occupying Wholeheartedly: Why “We Are Enough” is More Powerful Than “We’ve Had Enough”

Well isn’t this interesting…. #OccupyToronto has connected the dots between the Occupy Wall Street movement and Brene Brown’s brilliant and inspiring TEDx talk about vulnerability. The same video I kicked off this very blog with. [Edit: And they did it one day before the 1-year anniversary of that post – very interesting.]

What we know is that connection, the ability to feel connected, is — neurobiologically that’s how we’re wired — it’s why we’re here.

We live in a vulnerable world. And one of the ways we deal with it is we numb vulnerability.

We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history.

You cannot selectively numb. So when we numb [negative feelings], we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness.

This is what politics looks like today. There’s no discourse anymore. There’s no conversation. There’s just blame…A way to discharge pain and discomfort.

We pretend that what we do doesn’t have an effect on people. We do that in our personal lives. We do that corporately — whether it’s a bailout, an oil spill, a recall — we pretend like what we’re doing doesn’t have a huge impact on other people. I would say to companies, this is not our first rodeo people. We just need you to be authentic and real and say, “We’re sorry. We’ll fix it.”

Probably the most important [thing] is to believe that we’re enough. Because when we work from a place I believe that says, “I’m enough,” then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.

I think Carlos Andrés Gómez sums it up best:

“The single most revolutionary thing you can do is recognize that you are enough.”

Open Your Mind / Open Your Heart

Occupy Toronto signs via Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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One comment

  1. Ross · October 28, 2011

    This is a great perspective. Please keep it up.

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