I want to apologize for the start/stop nature of the blogging. Just when I was ready to come out of our summer hiatus and start blogging regularly, I found myself at a loss for words. So much of the blog has always been a mix of personal inspiration folder and creative log that now that we had assumed a new mantle, I was suddenly unsure of my voice and my words. What was I going to say? What was it going to be about? Did anyone read a blog anymore? Can I talk about things that matter more and more to me, and i am sure to so many of us? And it’s taken me these few days to figure it out.
In May of this year, I came across the book Daring Greatly : How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent And Lead by researcher and author Dr Brené Brown – I knew of her work and I had seen her TED talk but I hadn’t actually read any of her books. I started reading Daring Greatly, and it was as if the book had been written for me. It talks of vulnerability and how we are trained to see it as a weakness. And how ‘wholehearted’ living means to recognize vulnerability for the strength it is. The vulnerability that I learnt to embrace is the courage and strength to share my work. (The universe always brings us the tools and things we need for our growth). Allowing myself to acknowledge and embrace my vulnerability freed me in a way that I’ve never experienced before. To me, it meant that I could show up, work hard, do my best towards building a project that I loved and then, let go. It was like letting steam out of a pressure cooker – I felt exhausted, liberated and more motivated than ever. The book also gave me permission to acknowledge that I was doing my best and feel good about it. Didn’t I already know that? Did I need to hear that from other people? We all have the need to feel supported in our endeavors, to have that community around us. Dr. Brown talks about how our vulnerability should be shared with a select few who have earned the right. I have written this before but even if it is naive, I remain haunted by this question – why don’t we give each other support? We may not be able to be supportive of everyone, but could we broaden the circle of those we do? Even a little? The writer Elizabeth Gilbert had an article in the O magazine about how each one of us can be the light in any situation. Her words are so powerful- “How we behave matters because within human society everything is contagious—sadness and anger, yes, but also patience and generosity. Which means we all have more influence than we realize” (do read the entire article, the story is very uplifting). What if each one of us was the light? What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below or share them via email.
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