One of the themes I heard from the pulpit during my Mennonite childhood was called “nonresistance.” We read texts like these:
- “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9
- “Perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18
Keep these texts in mind as you watch (or possibly watch again) Brene Brown in her famous TED talk called “The Power of Vulnerablity”
As I was writing my memoir, Brene Brown’s words sank in deeply:
“Tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.”
After I had written an entire draft and even revised it several times, I sat down in my red chair and asked myself, “What am I most afraid to admit about my life?”
Then I wrote the first paragraph of my book:
After I wrote those words, I knew that I could dive wholeheartedly back into the text.
I became vulnerable by admitting my worst fear about myself. In print and right up front. From then on, I could love my life and my story with my whole heart, full of gratitude and joy. I could also love my imagined readers and bless them in whatever struggles they have.
Along the way I made a discovery of my own. The answer to pride is not shame. The answer to pride is always more love.
With 97 days to go to launch, my New Beginning today will be to look for an opportunity to be vulnerable and to show kindness to anyone who is vulnerable to me.
What about you? I continue to be amazed by the New Beginnings you are making! Don’t forget to check in today. Last time I looked there were sixty New Beginnings listed here.
Does it make you feel vulnerable to put into words how you are beginning? Brene Brown would say, “Good!”