Monday, April 29, 2013

The Real Me: 4 Things I've Learned About My Own Vulnerability

Over the last month, I have been practicing vulnerability. It is not something that a lot of men would care to do. I know that from firsthand experience. I am doing it because I want to reach my higher self.

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection,” says Dr. Brene Brown.

Practicing vulnerability was suggested to me by a friend. I was a little apprehensive at first. But then I realized that the alter ego of vulnerability is courage. That is why I blogged about my daughter last Friday. I want you to know the real me—warts and all.

I have learned four things about vulnerability. They are:

1. It is not easy but I want to be a better person. When you meet me, I want you so say, “He’s real.”

2. Be prepared because the people within your sphere of influence may not be able to handle it. And it could be the very people that you care about the most.

3. It is liberating. Although I have a long way to go, I believe that I am a better person because of it. I am who I am, and I am growing comfortable with it.

4. Vulnerability clarifies my values. I know what I like and what I don’t like. I know what I stand for and what I stand against. And if I know these things about me, so will you.

If you would like to learn more about vulnerability, I HIGHLY recommend that you click here to watch a Ted Talk by Dr. Brene Brown. This may very well be one of the most important vidoes you will watch in 2013.

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