Being Vulnerable to Become Stronger

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Opening my heart, sharing my vulnerabilities and being 100% honest can feel much like being flayed alive. I hold the knife.

The muscles ’round my throat tighten their grip as I breathe only into my chest, which tightens as I reveal another aspect that scares me about myself. This is far worse than public speaking. I feel naked.

While I am at the helm, I am steering my vessel headlong into turbulent waters. My mind feels watery, thoughts melt before they can be solidified. I grasp for something solid in shifting sands. The thoughts that usually flow freely feel clogged in the drain. Going nowhere. Fast.

Breathe, I repeatedly tell myself. You know this. You live this. You’ve got this.

With each sharing of my truth, I build strength within my being. With each card laid on the table, my light shines brighter. With each fear that I slay by bringing it to the light, the more faith I have in myself.

The flesh no longer flayed, the muscles relaxed, the breath returned, the truth is told and the wound begins to heal. With each wound healed, I grow further into my authentic self. Complete. Whole until myself. Another muscle built.

May we all be free of the fears that hold us back from our greatest potential.


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  1. Most people can’t grow courage from fear, and build strength from vulnerability like you can. It’s truly exceptional that you use your vulnerabilities not only to make you stronger, but that you share them with the world to make the world a better place. It takes a truly amazing person to open themselves to the world’s scrutiny for the sake of leaving it better than when they got here.

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    1. You have great wisdom! One of the things I often work in towards is to leave a place better off than it was when I found it. My other undercurrent is to be of service.
      Also, I do believe there is strength to be gained my being vulnerable. Think of the use of ambush as a military tactic when a force is outnumbered. Look at how snipers ly prone… I’ll see if I can develop some more examples.
      I’m grateful for your comments and visiting my blog.

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