The Gift of Vulnerability

I recently had a friend ask me how I was doing and I made the decision to share my actual truth with them. I shared that I was struggling with some painful sadness. I had been re-visiting some of the past mistakes that I had made in my life and was working on forgiving myself for them. As I shared this truth I felt my eyes welling up and a slight feeling of embarrassment come over me. My internal dialogue went something like this…”You! Mistakes? You don’t make mistakes! You are not supposed to be sharing this right now! You are being a burden and this is going to make you look like a complete failure”. I felt a heaviness in my chest and a redness wash over my cheeks. I was truly embarrassed for sharing my vulnerable truth.

 Despite all the internal chatter and embarrassment that I was feeling, I was quite surprised to hear the response from my friend, who told me that it was refreshing to hear that I too, make mistakes and am not...

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