I SUBSCRIBE TO SEVERAL NEWSLETTERS, which deliver a videos to my mailbox every day. Most of these are short and meant to bring a smile to the viewer. In my case, a smile that early in the morning is appreciated, especially when accompanied by a mug of French roasted coffee.
I received this one earlier today from Big Geek Daddy, who claim to offer “Funny, Cool, & Interesting Videos.” They lived up to that brag with this animated short-short, “The Blame Game” by Dr. Brené Brown:
I laughed loudly (I really did, and most of us don’t when we’re alone, do we?) at how the event played itself out, how the narrator (who is a research professor and best selling author and an able public speaker) laid out her non-rational rationale for the blame, and at how much it reminded me of too many people in my life.
I was going to post it on Facebook and write something pithy like, “Sounds like every woman I have ever known—and half the men.”
But, Berni watched the video and I ran my idea past her. She suggested that instead I send the video to some people in my life, all of whom I care about, each of whom is lost in blame.
And each would benefit from this video. (As we all fall into the blame game, it’s not like I would be TOO in their face with this obviously tacit suggestion . . .)
I immediately responded with, “Nope. They might actually watch and learn something from this video. Then they might, y’know, put this new knowledge and awareness into action, and thereby change their lives for the better. And they might, y’know, not like this—and then you know what would happen?”
“Yup! They’d be miserable being happy,” answered Berni.
“And then you know what would happen?” asked I.
“Yup! Then they’d blame you . . .”