How Does Vulnerability Make You Feel?

Vulnerability

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’Engle

To me, vulnerability means to expose my inner desires and emotions to others–the good, the bad and the ugly.  I always try to embraced the feeling of being vulnerable as I know from experience that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.  I’ve seen compassionate people embrace vulnerable people, in turn, a strong relationship forms.  Ultimately, blowing my expectations out of the water.  As such, I feel satisfied when I am vulnerable because it builds my character and I expect to stay true to myself and others.

As a result, my life becomes textured–with bumps and ridges of joy, trust and fear–and hued–with yellows, greens and blues of vigilance, admiration and grief–causing me to no longer fear who I am or the world around me.  Substantially opening up the world around me as I feel free and willing to explore my interests.  Willingness gives me the ability to take risks, be hurt and experience joy, love and intimacy.   I am truly able to walk through my fears to live a better life by being vulnerable.  At this moment, I am able to accept that I cannot control the outcome of being vulnerable.

By having acceptance, being open and willing I am able to graciously receive the gifts that life brings.  Some gifts that life has brought me: friends, family, this magnificent world, opportunities,  my unique skills and talents, my blessings, my challenges and my potential.

Go to http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/05/to-create-a-real-connection-show-vulnerability/ to read more about how to make connections by showing vulnerability.

Thank you for reading.

Happy Sunday,

Brooke

 

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