The definition of vulnerable I love comes to us from Dr. Maria Nemeth, author of Managing Life’s Energies. It is: “to allow the winds of life to blow freely over your soul.” To be vulnerable using this definition is to say ‘yes’ to whatever life brings you.
Someone once told me that God sends us opportunities all the time, moment by moment. We only need to recognize the opportunity for what it is and be ready to reach out our hand (or our heart) to grasp hold of it. If we fear taking that risk, and hold our hand close to our body or turn away, that opportunity will go right on past us and land in someone else’s hand.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to be over, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. ~ Author unknown
Sometimes life’s opportunities are difficult. They require us to focus, to be intentional and to take mindful and meaningful action. Many of us will step away from difficult situations out of fear. We run from the risk, the difficulty, and the energy required to fully experience the stretch and growth that comes from participating fully in the dance. When we are vulnerable, we take the risk to tackle what has been handed to us, opening ourselves up to being wounded or hurt, “allowing the winds of life to blow freely over our soul”.
The journey between who you once were and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place. ~ Barbara DeAngelis
It comes down to trust. Trusting in yourself and the Source of all that is. By saying ‘yes’, by taking the risk, you step into your power and move freely and gracefully in the flow of life. It does not mean that it may not be difficult, but trust and allowing yourself to be vulnerable gives you strength you may not have known you had.
In my mind, this means sharing your thoughts and feelings, your joys and your fears. It means daring to be who you are at all times. It means living your values, even when it is difficult. It means opening your heart and your mind to accept others where they are, and to be willing to honor them as they take their own risks. It means being willing to listen to what others have to say, and honor that it is right for them at this point in their journey.
Most importantly, it means embracing the curliness of life, looking for the power and the good in everything that happens. And, dancing the dance of life for all that it is, even when it is raining.
Do we always succeed? Not always. But it also means having compassion for ourselves when we fail – because we tried and we were willing.
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.