Contribute, Don’t Criticise

November 5, 2017

I watched incredible interview last night between Marie Forleo and Brene Brown as you might have seen in my Instagram stories. So incredible that it made me cry when they read the last sentence of Brene’s new book.

Listening to it though, I felt a lot of the messages could be specifically applied to body positivity and activism. Here were just some of the best tidbits (although I do recommend you watching the whole thing!):
?”I know I’m not going to do it perfectly. I know the people who oppose my politics and my beliefs will come after me but I know that the people who are my allies are going to come after me because I’m going to do it imperfectly but opting out of speaking out because we may get criticised is the definition of privilege.”
?”Stay grounded in your humility and curiosity and you say here’s what I believe and I know it’s going to be imperfect but I’m not going to let my Imperfection move me away from the conversation because it’s too important”.
?”If all you are doing is criticising those who are trying to engage in conversations that heal and bring hope, then shut up. Really, don’t talk because it’s not useful.”
?Take responsibility for the energy you bring into a room and that includes online. She also doesn’t reply to any criticism from anyone who is anonymous (pictureless or anonymous username) because she said they aren’t turning up in the arena or being brave.
? Brene also went on to say she doesn’t curate the comments but she polices them and she said that it’s ok to disagree but you are not going to shame other people, name call or put other people down. If you do, you will be banned. And I couldn’t agree with that more.

In fact, it’s the philosophy I have with this page and @bodypositivememes
In love with empowered women, that talk filled my heart with love and respect ?