Gratitude Project 2013 - Day 5 - Be Grateful for Vulnerability

Before we get started with today's post, I'd like to take a minute to say Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter, Alison, who turns 21 today. I love you, baby girl!

Gratitude Project 2013 - Day 5 of 30


Gratitude Thought for the Day

Well, we're five days in... and if you're like me, it's getting a little bit harder. You've gone through all the easy stuff... and now you're having to stretch a little bit. This stretching can be uncomfortable, because being open to feelings of gratitude leaves us vulnerable. And vulnerability is scary.

Vulnerability means loving our children even during the teen years when they are screaming, "I hate you!!" and letting them know, "While I can't let you talk to me that way, I am here and I love you." Vulnerability means doing the loving thing for our spouse... even when it's the last thing we really want to do. Vulnerability means owning up to our mistakes and not trying to blame others but simply saying, "I messed up. I'm sorry." Vulnerability means admitting our weakness and our limitations. And vulnerability is messy and it hurts. But think about the people and events that make you feel grateful... isn't it because someone was willing to be vulnerable? To be open? To share a piece of their heart and their lives with you? Grab a cup of coffee and take 20 minutes out of your day (yes, I said 20 minutes... if you can't do it now, make sure to schedule some time later) to watch this video by Brené Brown about vulnerability. I promise, it will be worth it.

Your Turn... Journal It!

Who in your life has been vulnerable to you? Who has helped to relight the spark within you by being willing to be open and to connect with you? Maybe it was today... maybe it was when you were a small child... but try to think about those people or situations that helped you connect. How can you be more open and vulnerable to others?

Don't forget to meet up with me over at the blog to pick up your free Gratitude Project 2013 Journal!


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