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Have Courage to Be Brave and Be Vulnerable

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Image by Audrey Huie, Blog by Alison Hacker

During times like this, where the pandemic, virtual world, and current events can be overwhelming, being vulnerable can be hard.

We are vulnerable when we are outside our comfort zones. Starting something new and not being sure how to overcome it can ignite feelings of confusion and defenselessness. Starting a new job, managing relationships, or even telling someone how you want to express yourself can put you in a vulnerable place.

There is an article about a man who opened up to his best friend and told him that he was gay. He was afraid that his friend would reject him and was expecting the worst. His friend’s response truly surprised him, and it was the best he could’ve asked for. He said, “That’s OK. You’re still my best friend. I still love you.”

This is just one of the many examples of the power of vulnerability. Vulnerability doesn’t have to be feared. It means you are courageous and brave. It gives you the opportunity to connect with others that feel the same way you do.

We need to take time to really understand ourselves and others. We must hold the chair to listen and lift each other up for being vulnerable during hard times.