A popular belief in our society is that vulnerability equals weakness. I admit that I was once a member of that club. But, Oprah credits her success to her willingness to be vulnerable—to show up and be seen.
Years ago I taught a class at a local massage school. I usually pride myself on my teaching ability. However, this class was a disaster! I remember a woman named Rosie from that class. The reason I remember her is that it seems like I ran into her everywhere. It seems that Rosie showed up as a constant reminder of my failure. Every time I saw her, I’d hide my head and run. She was a reminder from the Universe that I pushed down and ignored. One day a friend invited me to a seminar. You can guess who the teacher was. Yup, Rosie! I decided that it was time to face my demons. When I walked in, Rosie gave me a polite smile. I cringed. Then I walked right up to her and blurted out, “Rosie, I have a confession to make. Every time I see you, I hide in shame because years ago you were in my class that I bombed. You are a constant reminder of how badly I did. I’m tired of giving my shame power over me and that’s why I need to say this. Thanks for listening.” She looked at me with bewilderment and quietly stated, “sorry, I don’t remember any class but you do look familiar.” In that moment, we both laughed together. All my shame vanished. Abracadabra! It was magical. My courage to be vulnerable freed my shame.
Secrets erode our well-being. I wonder how many folks resist asking for support because they are slaves to their shameful secrets. They fear judgment. I invite you to examine what you are hiding and where you could risk being more courageous and vulnerable. You just might love the freedom it brings you!
Listen in on a 4 minute conversation between Oprah and Dr. Brene Brown on vulnerability and courage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi0IEOBDRpQ
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