Leaning on Vulnerability
Lord & Taylor

I read an article about vulnerability, and I immediately thought, what a great topic. I can't remember the name of the article or which site I read it on, but it spoke to me. Vulnerable is the condition of being able to show who you are in the purest form. The ability to express your purest feelings and let them guide you for that moment. I have always thought myself to be vulnerable until I realized I was not. Many of us do not express vulnerability if expressing is even a way to put it.  Many of us do not allow ourselves to be vulnerable. We are washed up in anger, bitterness, mistrust. All of the worldly values that lock up our most inner being, causing us to face the world with a mask. A disguise of whom we believe the world wants us to be, whom we believe the world will no longer hurt. Only to realize this leads down a darker path. We build a fence, a block, a wall in which no one can truly enter. 

You will know if someone has a block. You often hear them say things like, "I don't need nobody", "The only person I can trust is myself", and a whole slew of other similar responses. This is how we protect ourselves. Only we are not protected because we truly yearn to live in a world of love. We yearn to have someone to lean on. We yearn for the touch of another soul. It's just human nature. I discovered in my own world that the times where I am vulnerable are my most happy. The moments when I speak who I am and what I truly feel, think or believe allow me to heal past wounds. I have also begun to delve deeper into my spiritual faith. God truly does wonders when we work on his accord. I don't have it all figured out yet, but here are a few suggestions that are helping in my journey.

1. Forgive

Forgive yourself and others who may have hurt you. The misconception is that if we forgive then we are being stupid and opening ourselves up to being hurt again. That is not true. Forgiveness just means you are no longer going to allow the situation to affect your life nor allow yourself to hold malice toward another person. That does not mean you have to be associated with whoever you forgive, unless it's you then, of course, you gotta learn to love you! Holding on to unforgiveness only causes those walls we build to grow vines. Release it and allow your heart to open.

2. Know You are Worthy

No matter where you have been, what you have done, where you are going, or where you are at now. Your story matters. Your life matters. Your feeling matter.  Open up to others knowing and believing that your story matters. You deserve love and respect. Reach for the stars, that dream you have is a worthy dream, and you can make it happen with determination. A lot of the thoughts that circulate your mind will change once you begin to know your worth.


3.  Seek Spiritual Guidance

We require direction on our spiritual paths. The issues in our lives that are hard to deal with and sometimes seemingly unthinkable to get through requiring us to call for help. We are not meant to be alone in this world. I don't care how many times you tell yourself you can shepherd the storm alone. We know deep in our being that we truly want someone to hear us and feel us. There aren't any new battles circulating this world that someone else hasn't faced. Lean on that and surround yourself with people who give their spiritual testimonies.

Vulnerable is the condition of being able to show who you are in the purest form. It involves uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. It's a scary thing to walk this world naked, but as we all know. It's best to be yourself!