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Sunday, March 12, 2023

Points on Vulnerability

 #1  Vulnerability is often encouraged, as avoiding it completely can keep us from much that is worthwhile, but it is not something to always freely show everyone. Beware of those seeking to exploit you rather than care for you and protect you.

 #2  Vulnerability can be mistaken with openness, as though both are the same, but they are not. You can be open without being vulnerable. This happens when when what you hold inside cannot be used against you or doing so yields no harm to you. Usually, when you've accepted yourself wholly and can effectively defend and justify yourself.

 #3  To be vulnerable, you must be willing to accept the risk of being harmed for the chance of being healed and/or healing others. Choosing to be vulnerable can take much bravery or much desire to be hurt. Or simply impulsivity without thought for the consequences.

 #4  Being vulnerable with others can build trust and foster connection, depending on how it goes and the quality of those involved. When it reveals real parts of you that are normally hidden, access to those is a privilege.

 #5  Baring your mind, pouring your heart, and sharing your soul may make you feel exposed and uncomfortable, as it uncovers vulnerabilities, but it is an important exercise for personal discovery and growth that can be safely done privately or in the presence of a trustworthy one or few. Whether it will be taken to a wider public or not, regardless of dangers, is up to you.