4 Ways To Embrace The Hidden Strength Of Vulnerability…

4 Ways To Embrace The Hidden Strength Of Vulnerability

Becoming Real

Sitting in a coffee shop this morning, I noticed the napkin holder poised at the corner of the table.

I touched the napkin, noticing how soft it felt in my hand. But then, I realized most of the napkin still resided inside the holder. It was easy to grasp the top of the napkin, the part everyone could see.

In life, we do the same thing. We allow the top part of who we are to be seen, yet we hide the things we do not want others to see.

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1. Understand That Critics Will Speak Loudly

Accept that others who see your vulnerability will be the loudest opponents. They want to hide.

They do not risk self-exposure, so why should you? Knowing that others may not approve—but showing your true essence anyway—is important for deeper self-discovery.

2. Be Willing to be Transparent

Being vulnerable is about taking down the shield of secrecy about who you are in a deeper sense, to be clearly seen on the surface and below.

3. Accept Rejection

The hardest part of being vulnerable is risking rejection.

If I show them who I really am, they will not love me. If I show them what I truly need, they will run away. Rejection is part of being vulnerable.

4. Embrace Becoming Real

Nothing personifies the idea of being real quite like the story of The Velveteen Rabbit, the childhood story of the stuffed rabbit who became authentic at the risk of being tossed aside. He embraced all that he was in order to be seen and loved.

It changed his reality. In the words of the Skin Horse, “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.

But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

To be vulnerable is the most enduring human quality, because we risk emotional penalty in doing so—in becoming real.


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Beth Hall

Beth Hall is a mental health therapist and certified life coach. She believes in mind, body, and soul connections. She…

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