Life is unpredictable and can take us into raw and vulnerable places without warning. The death of a parent, a life-threatening illness, an addiction, or the loss of a job can often leave us standing on very different emotional ground. We do not have a choice as to when, if, and how these situations will happen in our lives, but we do have a choice as to how deeply we wish to engage the fragility of these human experiences. When we choose to dance with each experience fully, we begin to know in our bones the rich, textured learning that comes from diving into the depth of that experience.
I know vulnerability because life directed me towards it – many times without any warning. And though its landscape is as varied as each person’s description of it, it is the place where I feel most alive and honest. When I am aligned with the truth of the moment, I can feel my heartbeat. I know I am alive. It is from this shaky place that I am empowered, with my feet planted firmly in the love that comes from embracing my vulnerability fully.