This school year I have been vulnerable more times than I can count. Not only did I create a blog, but I published and shared my writing... until now, the only people who read what I wrote were my college professors! Poems poured out of me, begging to be written. I listened. Not only did I listen, but I stayed up to the wee hours of morning, and worked sometimes through the night to get my ideas down on the page... most of the time with my patient husband attempting to sleep next to me while my fingers clicked, and clicked, and clicked away on the keys. Then, I self published my book of poetry, Two Sides of Rain. Why? Because I wanted to know what that felt like, I wanted to share a piece of myself with others, and because I wanted to be, well, vulnerable. There is strength is vulnerability.
How can I ever expect my children
or my students to take risks, to not be afraid to fail, and to learn
from these experiences if I am unwilling to participate in them myself? I
wish you all strength in vulnerability...
And, just in case you have not yet watched Brene Brown's TED video about the power of vulnerability-here it is.