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  • The Power of Vulnerability

    We live in a society that rewards those with courage and bravery. From a young age, we are taught that it’s good to face our fears, for doing so is often the catalyst for powerful and lasting change.

    And yet, how many of us allow ourselves to be vulnerable?

    Think of the courage it takes to be in a position where your heart might get broken. To say “I love you” first. How much courage does putting yourself out there and making new friends take? Go for that promotion? Relying on others instead of only ourselves?

    The Benefits of Vulnerability

    We know the obvious benefits of courage. Wars are won, bad guys are imprisoned, and people are saved from burning buildings. But how can we benefit from being vulnerable?

    More Intimacy

    Opening up to another person and sharing your deepest emotions builds lasting relationships. When we expose our authentic selves, we set ourselves up for potential heartache, yes, but also for ultimate connection.

    Better Self-Worth

    Being vulnerable also allows us to accept ourselves as we are, flaws and all. This helps us to STOP comparing ourselves to others and experience a tremendous boost in our self-esteem and self-worth.

    It Begets Compassion

    Being comfortable with our vulnerability means we can be satisfied with others’. And this means when the people in our lives show their vulnerability to us, we can respond with compassion.

    Start the Journey

    As they say, every journey starts with a single step. Your journey toward embracing your vulnerabilities will also begin with a single step. This may mean spending more quiet time alone. It may mean the next time a good friend asks, “How are you?” you tell them the truth.

    It may also mean digging deep and uncovering some old wounds and darkness you have ignored. For this part of the journey, you may want to seek guidance from a trained therapist who can offer tools and advice.

    If you’d like some assistance on your journey, please contact me. I’d be more than happy to discuss how I may be able to help.