Journal: Conquering and Vulnerability
I conquered something terrifying today!
I presented a group project today in class. The Lord asked me to be vulnerable and I was. My group was presenting on the personal power of influence and I was prompted to share my story. To share how opening myself up and being vulnerable, authentic and honest can lead to some of the greatest influence. It was very empowering to share my addiction and recovery in a setting I've never before explored. I'm grateful that the Lord gave me the opportunity to stretch.
As cool as that was it's not exactly what I wanted to share here today. I wanted to share some quotes from my new favorite person, Brene Brown. She is a PhD Social Worker who researches shame and vulnerability. How awesome is that!
She's so cool!:
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.”
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
“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.”
Let us all strive to...
look within ourselves
Get courageous with ourselves
Be truthful with ourselves
But as much as I want and need to share, there are things that I can't. There are things going on in my personal life right now that are more difficult than I have ever encountered. My trust in the Lord is steadfast though, and He is supporting me through it. I love Him. I have witnessed His hand in this trial and I know it will be for my good. I'm grateful and secure in that knowledge.
BUT IT STILL SUCKS