“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.