Lessons to learn from this journey of becoming vulnerable
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Brene Brown
- Shame: Shame destroys or eliminates the core that enables us to believe that change of any kind is possible. But empathy overcomes shame, and where empathy exists, shame does not live.
- Authenticity: “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”Brené Brown. Letting others see us for who we are and not what we are, frees us from wearing masks or putting up an act of pretense.
- Vulnerability: it is vital and exists at all levels of success, self-actualization, or personal growth. If we hide from the world, then the world will not benefit from our gifts and talents, and we also missed the opportunity to showcase our talents and gifts.
- Emotions: Our Emotional pains will either elevate us or bury us depending on whether we choose to embrace them. We can experience both negative and positive emotions or numb them and feel nothing.
- Darkness: Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown. Wherever there is darkness, light exists somewhere not far away.
- Love: Vulnerability deepens our love and compassion for ourselves and for others. It allows us to embrace our imperfections and give us the chance to learn and grow.
- Perspective: When we change our perspective about something, then we react differently. When I started to accept the fact that it is okay to talk about sex and enjoy it, it was no longer a big deal when my actions were questioned.
- Courage: “Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” — Brene Brown. I am still fighting back my self-talk, even regarding this post. Thoughts like “Are you sure you want people to know about this? How will you handle the criticism? Are you really being a good role model for the younger girls, especially your cousins? How will your father react?” But I am choosing to go ahead and publish it because I know I am more than what the eyes can see, and I still need to dig more to fully understand myself, my talents, my potential, my strengths, my weaknesses, my fears, etc