Is Vulnerability Okay?

The dictionary definition of “Vulnerability” is the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. I grew up believing one should avoid vulnerability at all costs for fear of our life. Upon chatting with John Dumholt this morning, he said that we as a human race are all hard-wired for safety, for survival. Therefore, we shy away from standing up for our beliefs when our “tribe” believes something else. The danger of this kind of thinking is that we don’t live the quality life we were meant to live. Also, there’s a danger that victims remain victimized and our life does not have the deeper meaning that we were meant to live.
Brene Brown, in The Gifts of Imperfection writes:
“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”
Be the person you want to be and are meant to be rather than the follower of a tribe that does not fit with your passion and beliefs.

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