The Wisdom In Vulnerability
by Eve Livingston
“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”
Oh this is a tough one….how to convince people that it’s worth it to be vulnerable, to stay vulnerable? Especially when we know, somewhere in the emotional meat of our bones, that it is this very thing that might have caused so much anguish in our tender youth. I guess the easiest thing to say is that we can’t quite grow right without it. We can’t quite love right without it. Frankly, if you ask me, I’m not even sure we quite think right without it. Put it this way: think of it as the oil for our psychic engines. It keeps all the parts and gears working smoothly.
But what is it? How could I possibly convey a way of conceptualizing this in just a few small steps…just a few key words? It’s openness. It’s kindness. It’s accepting that you do not know what you do not know. It’s curiosity’s country cousin; a willingness to look without blinders, to see without needing to “know,” to learn without agendas.
Brené Brown describes it more clearly and more compellingly than any Western thinker I’ve come across. She’s fabulous and worth taking time to listen to.
It’s knowing you are a soft-bodied mammal, and coming to terms with the fact that other humans are at the top of your food chain, and you theirs.
This, at least, is a start.