The strength in being vulnerable

It's Day one of March. Happy Bunny Bunny Day!! Switching gears now.

How often do you really share your truth with others? I mean really get vulnerable about what’s going on with you and share how you are really feeling? How often do you NOT cover yourself up so you can be truly seen?

I’m guessing, not too often. Why? Because being vulnerable and really opening ourselves up to someone is scary. In this country, vulnerability equals weakness. And no one wants to be seen as weak.

Brene Brown, writer and research professor of shame, vulnerability, and authenticity has shown time and again, that by stepping into our vulnerability we become more real and are able to deeply connect with others. The person we really are shows up. We are authentically ourselves.  I am obsessed with

So it was rather interesting to me that right after I shelved my coaching business for the time being, something else awakened within me. This need to go deeper with my posts, be raw, to be more vulnerable. It felt good, right, and scary.

I’m not sharing more of my inner life because I think I’m so important, no, not at all. I am important mind you, just not more or less than anyone else. But because the more we share with each other about our truths, hardships, and wins, the more we do feel connected, the more we learn, and the more we can decrease the shame that exists around the struggles we all have.

There’s a pull from the universe telling me to do this. And I know when these nudges show up, to listen. That’s my internal voice, connected to all that is, whispering to me to take the next step. To evolve. To grow.

There’s a quote by the Gospel of Thomas that’s been percolating within me for a while. “If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you.”

To me this means speaking my truth and being vulnerable.

And here’s my first share. I’m a spiritual person but not religious. For me that means I don’t follow any dogma about how things should be done. Please hear me when I say I don’t judge people who are. I may not agree with everything they believe. I might agree with some things. I think judging someone and disagreeing with them are very different. And I do try hard not to judge. I’m not perfect at it but it’s an ongoing conscientious practice for me. I follow my heart (a very peaceful place), where I feel connected to everything, and take my cues on how to live my life from there.

It is my hope that all, some, or one of you, is able to see yourself in something I share, and recognize we are all connected and you are never alone.

I know that being more vulnerable in my blogs may not be comfortable for me, or you either. I know I may lose some of you as my readers. I’m okay with that.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into the bottom ditches of my life every week. That’s what Brene Brown would call me throwing up my vulnerability all over you. Yuck! But I’m willing to go to that place here and there, knowing I’m meant to, and it might be helpful for someone.

Being me, means being free!! That feels so good to type. And it sounds a little corny too. :)

Is there a person in your life you would like to be more vulnerable with? Would you be willing to step a little out of your comfort zone to share something small about yourself with them?

Join the conversation on the blog by leaving a comment below, or email me, coachwithsusan@hotmail.com

I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.

As always, take from here what works for you, share this with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest… you can leave behind.

Bloom On!