Are you living wholeheartedly?

Peggy McPartland

This week has been incredible. Everywhere I’ve turned I found inspiration. And it comes at a time when I need it most.

I’m feeling immense gratitude to those who so generously share their insight and inspiration.

I stumbled upon a truly amazing video on vulnerability and wholeheartedness. It’s inspired me and touched me deeply.

Brene′ Brown, a researcher who has spent the past decade studying the concept of wholeheartedness, is warm, funny and incredibly insightful. She speaks of authenticity, vulnerability, courage and living wholeheartedly.

I keep returning to this thought-provoking video. It’s that powerful.

Brene′ describes living wholeheartedly as having the courage to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.  It’s a very powerful and beautiful concept.

I’ve realized that in spite of the progress I’ve made, I still shield my true self from the world. I’m afraid to be seen.

We hate the feeling of being vulnerable. It scares us. Yet we can’t have true connection without allowing ourselves to really be seen for who we are, not who we think others want us to be.

Why is it that we think we have to be strong and brave and be in control? Wouldn’t it be better to be vulnerable and open?  I know, it’s a scary thought.

We simply can’t control and predict what’s happening around us. There’s a certain freedom to allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. What a relief it would be to be nothing other than truly ourselves.

“Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”

We long for connection but are afraid that if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and really seen, we won’t be worthy of that connection.  We want so badly to fit in and belong yet keep ourselves from the very thing that will allow that connection.

Are you courageous enough to be imperfect? And to know that in your imperfection you’re enough – just as you are, flaws and all?

It is possible to live our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness.  We’re no longer that shy ten-year-old and don’t have to live as if we are.

There’s nothing to fear by making ourselves vulnerable. Our vulnerability shows others the beauty of who we really are.

When we open ourselves up authentically and fully embrace vulnerability, we can begin to truly connect with others. We have to make that choice each day – to be authentic, vulnerable and courageous.

We must trust from the deepest reaches of our heart that “I am enough.”

Let’s commit to making that choice together – to be courageous and authentic every day and live our lives wholeheartedly.

Vulnerability is frightening, but trust that it gets easier as we embrace it more fully.

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