I'm not a fan of vulnerability overload.
I wonder today if vulnerability in doses is a better option. Ruth wrote about vulnerability hangover and I wonder if the tell tale signs are writing a second post the day after you write a vulnerable bare post as to pretend it never happened.
I am still not sure I like the word vulnerability -- or vulnerability hangovers. I like the word authentic better, but it's a personal preference.
Brene Brown says vulnerability is emotional risk -- which I know we all love love love, especially with possible perfect strangers.
To risk in this way means that we have to 'show up' to be being fully seen and heard. To respond to God in what he has and is doing in our lives. Sometimes, so he can continue to move through us.
Today, risk taker, I pray vulnerability doesn't overload you as much as it gently welcomes you, as much as it lets you know it's okay to be all of who you are and let God welcome you there, too. This prayer is for me, too.
Last night, I read a little of Emily Freeman's A Million Little Ways before bed. Oh, how God knew right where I was. I opened the book and here's what it said:
::This final statement could be the most powerful force keeping us from showing up. It is really more of a question, though I believe it sits in our heads like a dark fact: Who do you think you are?
When you finally show up, you will hear this question whisper dark words into your soul. When you are on the verge of discovery, on the edge of risk, when you're ready to take the next step toward influence -- this question will come out of nowhere, asking, who do you think you are?"
Emily says we must pay attention to where we are when we hear it. It only comes when we are on the verge of risk.
Who do you think you are to write that, speak that, choose that, be that?
I would never write in books as I read them (just kidding, I love to do that ). I wrote this in the margins at the end of the chapter a few weeks ago, because I read different parts out of order sometimes.
It's important to share your belovedness
Even though we might know it, why can it still be so hard? Why do we need these reminders all the time?
Let us live loved and be kind to one and other as we share are belovedness with the world.