Yesterday my hope was rekindled by various events. Seeing friends was a major one. I have also been asked to contribute to an article in a national newspaper, which is extremely encouraging. I believe in hope and I also believe in justice and standing up for what is right. So I speak up and stand strong.
However the major event of yesterday was that I was nominated for an award (The Original Outstanding Blogger Award) on a second blog I write. The irony of this is that I have never published or advertised the blog; it started as simply a secret space to journal my thoughts.
Why am I sharing this? Because in my other blog I write about very gritty hard hitting topics and a lot is about pain and suffering. And readers seem to enjoy it. This has got me thinking. Why do people like that blog so much? I think it is what the wonderful writer Brené Brown would describe as ‘vulnerability’. When we are vulnerable it helps others connect with us. Pretending we are invincible doesn’t cut it. It is fake and if anything, it puts a barrier between us and others who simply feel not good enough.
Today’s recipe of hope is to consider your own vulnerability. Are you vulnerable? Do you let others in? Do you ask for help? If the answer is a resounding No then consider changing some of your behaviours. I have started to ask for help more and I feel closer to other people as a result. And Brené Brown is well worth a read!
I wish you all the help you need and the courage to ask for it X
Brown, B. (2012). Daring greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. New York: Gotham Books.