We now know that if you want to thrive, to be contented, to be truly happy in life, that you have to be vulnerable. You have to take risks and you have to place yourself in uncomfortable situations. Above all you have to keep your heart soft and open.
And yet, vulnerability can be frightening. I know. It means that sometimes you will be hurt.
But I am finding that the benefits of vulnerability far outweigh the sacrifice – far outweigh the inconvenience and even the periodic pain it causes. Especially, when you consider that the alternative to vulnerability is disconnect and numbness which leads to discontentment.
Here is what I am finding vulnerability looks like…
-Acting in a loving, caring way toward someone, even if they may not respond in kind.
-Showing others your weaknesses and struggles (appropriately).
-Bravely opening your heart to a new friendship or relationship, even when the last time it meant your heart was torn in two.
-Being willing to completely forgive when someone has hurt you deeply, even if they never say they are sorry.
-Asking for forgiveness, when you realize that you have done or said something you shouldn’t have.
-Following your dreams and hopes when that might mean you could fail.
These acts of vulnerability require that you be brave. They often require that you lean on a supernatural power to carry you through. But I am telling you. The joy, the blessings, the exhilarating hope you experience when you allow yourself to be vulnerable, in these ways, makes it worth every bit of the risk. It makes it worth every ounce of the effort.
If you haven’t yet, I dare you to give vulnerability a try. And then tell this community how it has changed your life!
Also, if you haven’t seen this, you should.
Let’s each be a little vulnerable and share in the comments some way that we are practicing vulnerability in our life. I’ll go first.
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