I will speak daggers to her but use none

Shame lovability disconnection stories failure empathy blame daring dangerous vulnerability violence courage. I’m listening to The Power of Vulnerability, a series of six of Brené Brown’s lectures, in my car. Dr. Brown researches shame and vulnerability. She distills empathy and courage from fearful places in our minds, hearts and souls. Child riding a bicycle

Listening to the recordings is an experiment for me, to see if I can without being distracted, to decide if I like audio materials in general, because they are something I frequently suggest to my clients – a bit of “actions speak louder than words” on my part. I thought my adventurousness lay in choosing to use the spoken format. Not so. The journey is the lectures, or the books, or the TED talks or any other format you can access. Dr. Brown can change the world. I now understand how several recent conversations of mine, well-meant, passionately spoken, did great harm. And how other quiet moments may have done great service.


“I will speak daggers to her but use none.
My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites.
How in my words somever she be shent,
To give them seals never, my soul, consent!”
Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2, Page 18 (and/or lines 388-391)
“shent” means “shamed” “seals” means “to agree (to)” or “to make real” “to take action”

About Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Virtual Professional Organizer®

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