The Key To Whole Hearted Living Is Vulnerability

Are you holding back in sharing your heart with others?  Do few people know your greatest struggles?  I believe your struggles were chosen for you by your maker who loves you and wants to help you through and strengthen you to be there for others.

People from all around the world are sick of liars and short on trust.  Most people have been hurt many times in their lives.  They are done with it and have made their circle as small as possible to not get hurt again.  Then they cross paths with you.

How do we go deep in relationships? How do we peel back the layers in other people’s lives in order to develop long-lasting relationships that are rewarding.

Vulnerability is the key.  Without vulnerability, there is no way to see what is inside another.  Without vulnerability, the walls between us and others remain.  Without vulnerability, we are unable to truly help others but will always remain distant and lonely.

In western culture, we set up professional walls.  As a nurse, doctor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, we are taught to not be vulnerable.  This is often seen as unprofessional or crossing the line. But, the greatest professionals I’ve met in life are those who were willing to be vulnerable.

teaching groups
Vulnerability is my life calling.  I met this group 3 months ago and have shared my personal struggles and pain with them.  Why?  Because they suffer from depression and anxiety and need to know the way out.

How can I be more vulnerable?

How do I do this?  I have chosen to be honest about who I am, what I like and don’t like, my pains and then path to healing.  That honesty frees me from my people-pleasing-burdensome-past.  I am free to be me with many people and let them chose to walk with me or not.  Through vulnerability, I have seen lives around me change for the better. I hear of lives touched.  This motivates and encourages me to keep going.

Its like I discovered a hidden medicine that no-one has seen and is too expensive to buy.  Why is it expensive? It costed me blood, sweat, and tears.  But, all of that was for nothing if it doesn’t pour out to heal others.  Now the pain was worth it!  How can you be more vulnerable?  By taking the first step.

Will I get hurt due to my vulnerability?

Yes.  Hurt people hurt people.  But, I have experienced way more joy than pain from relationships in my life.  There are times I have wanted to shut people out due to pain but I healed.  I chose to not live that way. I am so glad I made that choice!

What are the benefits of being vulnerable with others?

  • Vulnerability makes me a better leader.
  • Vulnerability makes me a better wife and mother.
  • Vulnerability makes me a better friend.
  • Vulnerability makes me a better writer.
  • Vulnerability makes me a better nurse.
  • Vulnerability makes me a better counselor.
  • Vulnerability makes me a better promoter of ideas.
  • Vulnerability creates eclectic relationships that are bridges to outsiders or those who would normally avoid us making our relationships a beautiful tapestry.

Here are some relationships awaiting you:

  • Cross cultural relationships that go deep.
  • Crossing over religious barriers giving both parties a breath of fresh air!
  • Cross family walls by admitting faults, apologizing for wrongs, and serving in love.

Our children are watching us and its my desire for them to live a life of happiness with fulfilling relationships.  My kids meet so many strangers in life.  We make friends with people from around the world, all different cultures, religions, and walks of life.  I am an example to them of being vulnerable, hospitable, and caring to bring new relationships in.

kids holding hands
As world travelers, these kids meet so many people.  I tell them to go deep, share their lives with others, and make friends with everybody you meet.

So what is holding you back?

Why are people afraid to be vulnerable?  Mostly fear of rejection and pain.  Fear of losing respect or looking like a fool.  I’ve experienced it all and can say that I have had times feeling awkward in conversations as I have shared and they did not.  But, I have had many more opportunities to help others than I have experienced embarrassment.

Therefore, don’t give up on people.

When is vulnerability unattractive?

Vulnerability is not complaining, brewing, gossiping, or venting.  All of these activities are emotional drains on yourself and others.  Be vulnerable BUT do be positive about the things you have endured in life.  Nobody wants to hear another complain.  You can present your struggles in a way that is hopeful, even when you don’t feel hopeful.  You can present your struggles without complaining.  Mention how you see your pains as helpful and healing to others.  You can see changes in yourself from the difficult experiences.  Positivity is important for us and others.  This helps in healing as we verbalize the good in the tough times.

I have a lot of friends.  I like having a lot of friends.  I like people.  I think good relationships are the key to happiness in this world.  Therefore, I use vulnerability wisely to open the door for more friendships in my life.  Friendships are not a burden for me.  Some feel that they only have time for a small circle but I have found that this is not true.  True friendship that includes vulnerability lasts over years, distance, even hurts and misunderstandings.  Don’t carry that burden but release yourself from the idea that those who hear you must like you.  If one rejects you, there are 10 more ready to accept you!

How will I feel after being vulnerable with others?

Peace.  Peace with God and peace with others.  You will find a fresh new purpose in your life as you walk others through their pains.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so we can comfort those in any trouble with the same comfort we received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I’ve mentioned this quote before, but it is so good that it is worth mentioning again:

“Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.” Rick Warren The Purpose Driven Life.

In finality, vulnerability if done with positivity is not weak but brave.

“To be vulnerable is not weakness, rather it’s our most accurate measure of courage.” Brene Brown


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6 Comments on “The Key To Whole Hearted Living Is Vulnerability

  1. Wow, this speaks volumes. It’s something few are willing to talk about, since vulnerability is, indeed, viewed as a weakness, especially in the world we live in today. I have my own struggles from a not so distant past. I’ve felt led, many times, to share it, but I feel like the wounds are too fresh, too new, or that I’m not far enough away from it yet to be able to speak about it. It’s almost like I still feel like it’s going on sometimes. It’s not. It’s over and done with. But when I relive it in my mind, I can almost feel that blanket of depression coming back. As a matter of fact, just yesterday, I described myself to a friend as a “horribly partitioned hard drive” that had all my “viruses” locked away in their own section so as not to poison the rest.

    Maybe one day…

    God bless you as you continue to share and be obedient to the Lord!

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    • Stacey, that is how I felt last year. Not ready. Your not ready. But you will be. Pray for complete healing of the heart. Pray that you too can use the pain to heal others and God will make you ready! Your future will be so good. Be patient. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. When the day comes that your ready, please share the post you write with me!

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      • Thank you so much for your words. I had never thought to actually pray and ask God to use it. I will surely try that 🙂 And you better believe I’ll share! Thank you!

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  2. You asked, “How do we go deep in relationships? How do we peel back the layers in other people’s lives in order to develop long-lasting relationships that are rewarding.” From this old lady’s perspective I would say, “practice”. I’ve been hurt and have used those emotional walls with perfection. They are cumbersome and lonely. My realization came when I would speaking from the heart, being truthful and honest with others. It has freed my soul. I found that it didn’t kill me, I didn’t loose friends…maybe aggravated some relatives, but they got over it. Yes, you have to be vulnerable and open to listen. Truth and honesty will attract the type of people that will help your soul grow. Nice post and happy travels.

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