There are times in our lives that we may feel more susceptible to weakness, injury, and harm than others. These may be times when we are faced with challenges and it seems like we can’t get a break. If we acknowledge our difficulties and accept the state of vulnerability rather than fight it, we can often clear the path with more ease.
What this means is to not give the bumps along the road your energy. Instead, retreat inward when you feel vulnerable. Let your friends and family know so that they can support you. The more they know, the more they can support you during this time. We all have ups and downs – that is a part of life. However, we must remember that in order to experience the highest peaks, we must also know the deepest valleys.
Often, when one thinks of being vulnerable, we think of an exposed soldier during a battle. They are at risk for being wounded because of their exposure. However, the truth of the matter is that we all know the feelings of disappointment and emotional wounds. We are all vulnerable! So vulnerability is like wearing your heart on your sleeve – it’s a sign that you are exposed, and letting others know takes courage. Because otherwise would be cowardly, and would leave no room for personal growth.
There is power in showing up to life no matter what state you are in. Happy, sad, hurting, vulnerable – they all shape our lives and give it character. We are the captains of our ship. Every day we have a choice to step up to the plate or to retreat into vulnerability. Which will you choose?
Here is an exercise to help you acknowledge your vulnerability.
- Make a list of everything affecting you negatively right now.
- Make another list of everything affecting you positively right now.
- Look at the 2 lists and notice if there any differences in the way you write or speak about these positive/negative experiences.
- Take the list of negative experiences and write them out as positive outcomes you desire in your life
The next time one of these topics comes up in conversation with a friend or family member, re-frame your viewpoint from negative to positive and see now only how they respond through support but also how it can shift
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