Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Problem of Vulnerability

The woman who speaks in this video Brene' Brown,  states that what she discovered through her research presented here profoundly changed how she lived, loved, and parented.  What she shared about her research has also hit me to the core.  In a very good way.  Please, watch the video before reading any of my thoughts.  I don’t want to rob you of the experience as well!  *Note:  she uses two or three curse words.  Just want you to be prepared and mindful of your audience.  It's also twenty  minutes long.  It will be a quick twenty minutes though, I promise. 

This was a wake up call for me because, well, I seriously struggle with vulnerability.  Not that I'm two completely different people, but admitting weaknesses certainly isn't my strong suit.  I mean, I come from the world where you practice, to make perfect, before you ever let anyone see it....

You can see how this can lead to simply not attempting things.  I know it has limited my relationships.  

“To let ourselves be seen, to love with our whole hearts even with no guarantee, to practice gratitude and joy, to believe we are enough. When we believe we are enough, we stop screaming and start listening.  We’re kinder and gentler to the people around us and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”

That’s grace ladies and gentlemen.  I may never be enough.  But God is.  And He lives in me.  That is enough.

I pray that leads to me extending a little more grace to both myself and my fellow man/woman.