“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our Light.
We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.”
Oh, how hard it is when I dare to consider the risk of owning my own story. Stories of enormous rejection. Receiving bitter responses from a parent when I was asking for love, or discovering the betrayal from a best friend, when I longed for a safe place, just to name a few. I feel as if I’m reliving the scenes every time I recall them—making it all the more challenging to risk further rejection when sharing them.
But, I’m committed to pressing in. Because, like Brene, I can tolerate a great deal less the alternatives. There are dangers with giving up. Indeed, a life of self-protection results in losing out. I am at risk of living a life alone—without a single real connection. And One, my friend, truly is the loneliest number!
I’d like to encourage you to join me in the quest for the living bravely. I dare you to be vulnerable. Step out of your comfort zone and commit to nurture and grow. Embrace your story within, and discover what’s waiting—with the infinite power of our Light—Jesus!