The Beauty of Vulnerability

Hi, my friends,

For some reason, this week was a challenging one.

There was a lot going on, including the weather (I know, any of you Northerners or Mountain folks have no sympathy for our Southern winter complaints (-:)

Business-wise, there were simultaneously challenging and exciting things happening. On the exciting side is launching a new Master Class for Cutting. I always love these classes. They are some of my greatest joys. My favorite part is the interaction with the students I get to know, and of course, I always learn, too.

On the challenging side, this past week included empathy for a friend going through the hell of a lifetime.

So I was feeling super vulnerable, and fortunately, Brene Brown came to mind. It had been quite a while since I had watched her videos or re-read her books, so I got on YouTube and was grateful to be there.

Her words were healing.

I remember her saying before that whatever makes us vulnerable makes us beautiful, but I couldn’t remember much more detail than that. When we feel vulnerable, we feel raw inside; sharing it is always good with someone we trust.

In the video, she was talking about how if we fear someone discovering our weaknesses, it can cause us to throw up our guard. That’s certainly not the stuff of connection. 😉

Brene also talked about how vulnerability is the birthplace of positive emotions.

I’ve always loved positive emotions (who doesn’t), and I know and aspire to live their joy and power. Positive emotions are like the heartbeat of life to me.

It was enlightening to reflect on the fact that without vulnerability, there’s no love, empathy, and the need to be innovative in some cases.

Somehow, those videos were exactly what I needed.

I’ve always believed that in difficulties, we can find our greatest gifts. (It’s the same when we ride a horse. A place of weakness is our customized place to improve.)

But now, I see vulnerability as a shared emotion and a powerhouse for connection. When we open our hearts to others, whether it’s with horses or people, those moments of sharing are powerful movers of the heart.

With sharing comes connection. And connection is what we all crave.

So there you go. That’s my vulnerability experience of the week. It feels good to have rediscovered Brene’s wisdom and realize that feeling vulnerable is part of the human experience – albeit a dark feeling – but beautiful light is on the other side.

Vulnerability is something! It isn’t easy, but as we have the courage to walk through it, we discover some of life’s most precious gifts and beauty.

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7 Comments on The Beauty of Vulnerability

  1. Caroline on Sun, 21st Jan 2024 4:09 pm
  2. Thank you…. I really needed this today… 🥰

  3. Amy McLean on Sun, 21st Jan 2024 4:59 pm
  4. Such truth to these words! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

  5. Jackie Snyder on Sun, 21st Jan 2024 7:13 pm
  6. Thank you, Barb, for sharing your heartfelt message of the hidden treasure in vulnerability. I know that your support and empathy for your friend who is undergoing a serious challenge is nurturing her/him through a difficult time.

    Thank you for your inspiration – and – I am so excited about our Cow Class Cutting Master Class!!!!

  7. ilona on Sun, 21st Jan 2024 9:44 pm
  8. Thank you Barb! This is very timely for me. Enjoy your week. ilona

  9. Starla on Mon, 22nd Jan 2024 12:20 am
  10. Thanks Barb. You’re the second horse person who showed up in my inbox with a message of vulnerability and how it’s a starting place for other positive emotions. I must have Really needed to be surrounded by this them right now. Appreciate the inspiration and honesty!

  11. Laura Yarbrough on Mon, 22nd Jan 2024 9:54 am
  12. What a beautiful reminder that when we are raw we grow, IF we share with a “Marble Jar” friend. ( aka a trusted friend) Secrets and negative talk keep us stagnant.

    My total perspective on vulnerability changed with BB and ” Daring Greatly”!

    Namaeste Grateful!

  13. Carol MacGregor on Mon, 22nd Jan 2024 7:47 pm
  14. Hi Barb, Wow, sounds like you definitely had an “up and down” week. The freezing cold weather must make everything so much harder to deal with too. And sure sorry that your friend is having such a difficult time in life right now; but how helpful it must be to them to have you close by!! Your Cow Smart Cutting Class will be great for everyone–sorry I’m not enrolled but I just do not do any “cow work” even though I do like to watch those events. Have a good week. 🙂

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