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Who Among Us Wants to Embrace Vulnerability -- Anyone?

Uncategorized Dec 03, 2020

In today's blog, I'm going to make a further attempt to unpack Brene Brown's quote from last week's blog.  Here it is again, for your convenience:

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.  Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.  Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”  The Gifts of Imperfection, p. 6

What does it mean to "own our story?"  Most of us live our lives from day to day with whatever is on our to-do list, our work schedules, our leisure time.  Is there a "story" in there somewhere?  An interesting saga with a theme, a plot and characters?  Countless authors and researchers tell us "Yes, that is the case.  You do have a story, whether you know it or not." 

Do you know what your story is?  What parts of our lives determine the nature of our story?  Surely not something as mundane as running errands?Dr. Brown would tell us that anything and everything is part of our story, especially the incidents that we wish hadn't happened, because we became embarrassed or felt shame or we came perilously close to being vulnerable in the raw.

What did she say?  "Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable."  Research has shown unerringly and repeatedly that those who wholeheartedly embrace love, belonging, and joy are the ones who have struggled their way through their dark times of shame and vulnerability and are no longer afraid of the vulnerability that love, belonging, and joy can bring about.

They know their story -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- and they choose to live in the light.  In order to get there, I believe we need to go on our own "hero's journey."

And remember, you're awesome!  God holds you in the palm of His hand.

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