“For me, practicing courage means telling my story with all of my heart. It means being honest about who I am, what I believe, and how I feel.” – Brene Brown
Last month, I did a lot of thinking about vulnerability. The idea of letting myself be seen (from Brene Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability) is equally intriguing and terrifying, but straight-away I could identify that it was something I needed to get to grips with.
So I let vulnerability take a seat in my life; I let him pour a glass of wine and put his feet up for a bit. I blogged about him, I did a lot of thinking about him, I wrote screeds in my journal about him. I even practiced sitting myself next to him by putting myself in some vulnerable situations. I focused on forming a friendship with him if you will.
I have been digging within. I know what my vulnerabilities are: I have examined my fears, my beliefs, my judgments and identified what I want to eliminate and include in my greatest future. I have started practicing vulnerability, but what now?
The key to practicing vulnerability is to live a life of courage.
Approaching life from the perspective of “practicing vulnerability” sounds a bit like the glass is half-empty already. It sounds like a lot of hard work and it may not be completely sustainable. But if we turn it around in our minds and live a life filled with bravery – that already sounds much more appealing doesn’t it?
It makes sense. If we need to be brave, we also need to be vulnerable. In order to be courageous, we need to be able to push ourselves out of our own way. Deep down, we all know what our limitations are but only we can decide to let them control us or not.
You don’t have to be a superhero to be courageous.
Ok, so you do not have the power to make yourself invisible, or fly way way way up high into the sky (although you probably wish you could like I do!). However, I would like to point out that you do have the ability to be super POWERFUL in your everyday lives.
It all boils down to the little things at the end of the day; the acts of courage we take from moment to moment that see us into the light at the end of the tunnel. Courage is putting yourself first no matter what. Courage is doing what you believe in despite what anyone else thinks or says. Courage is saying you are enough just as you are and loving yourself in the process.
To act with courage, we simply need to breathe into the face of our fears, and limitations and declare to the world: “Hey World! I am ENOUGH and what’s more…I LOVE ME! So there!”
Creative Journal Prompt
Free-write or draw about a time when you were brave – what is your memory of this occasion, how did you feel at the time, how does it make you feel when you think about it now?