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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

5 thoughts on “The Journey To Becoming Vulnerable Part 3

  1. Michael – I'm from Imo State Nigeria. I studied Political Science in University of Nigeria Nsukka, a member, Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered) A blogger, An International Business Man and Political Analyst
    Michael Ogazie says:

    Wau…This is wonderful; a sweet article from a professional writer…love it, especially on that of darkness! God bless you.

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Thank you dear, learning from people like yourself. I’m grateful that you’re paving the way for us.

  2. Ihagh G. T. – A former university lecturer who has a master's degree and writes on motivation and the environment, as they relate to the challenges and environmental issues that humanity has been facing.
    Ihagh G. T. says:

    thanks for sharing and expressing vulnerability in such a thoughtful and detailed manner… especially i enjoyed the part that says vulnerability exists on various levels of success

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      You’re welcome. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts too. I like that part too, one has to experience vulnerability in different aspects whether it is for financial growth, personal growth, relationships, etc.

  3. Wm. Allen – Royal Oak, MI – I’m just an ordinary guy, who grew tried of being ordinary and thought I could change, as well as help other people who felt like I do to also change
    Wm. Allen says:

    Nice post, thank you

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