Within two weeks of thinking of vulnerability as a sometimes painful but powerful strength -- as a muscle I can exercise and learn to use -- I am more at peace.
I was introduced briefly to Brene Brown's work in a lesson one Sunday in August. After watching her TED talk on shame I couldn't get the idea of vulnerability out of my head. Right after writing down the thought above I blurted out to R (my husband), "It's like I've had this Sumo wrestler on my team and I've been trying to make him diet or I've been trying ridiculously to hide him instead of using him. And now all the sudden I get to use him! I get to have this huge (somewhat awkward) powerhouse in my corner! I'm so excited!"
So this is my journey with vulnerability. I'm putting it out here partly to help myself keep tabs and be accountable, but also in the hope that it might help someone somewhere sometime.
What can/has vulnerability done for you?