“Are you strong enough to be weak?” is a catchy way of asking “Are you confident to be appropriately vulnerable?” To be open and authentic when the situation calls for it? (and it usually does!)
When we have power or the upper hand or even just appear to, it is tempting to bulldozer our way through life, often adopting false personas or facades to present as stronger than we really are, posturing closer to perfect than any mortal ever gets. It’s really nothing but the “Wizard of Oz” theater or to quote Shakespeare in Macbeth: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” While such tactics may appear to work in the short term, they inevitably backfire in the long run. The “easy way” is really the hard way.
“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” – Paulo Coelho
“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Crissi Jami
“One thing to remember is that human beings connect through vulnerability. That’s our core way of connecting.” – Zoe Buckman
“Courage is vulnerability. Vulnerability is courage. Like shadow and light, neither one can exist without the other.” – Wai Lan Yuen
“When we were children, we thought that when we were grown-up, we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability, to be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’Engle, 1918-1911
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier