Choosing Weakness

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in News & Updates, What's New | 1 comment

Choosing Weakness

Sometimes an idea comes to you like a seed of truth which begins to grow as it is cultivated by seemingly unrelated events. This happened to me over the course of several months.

The seed was planted in Fall of 2011 as I listened to one of my colleagues deliver a convocation address entitled “Choosing Weakness”. In his presentation, he reflected on his experiences needing and accepting help during a long illness. He suggested that “instead of pretending to be strong, instead of covering over our zones of weakness, what if we embraced the weakness, chose to be vulnerable, admitted and owned our own and others’ limitations” (Peterson, 2011).

Later, it was watered and cultivated as I sat waiting at the hair salon. As I browsed through an issue of Architectural Digest, I came across the words of Gil Schafer: “True authenticity is a lack of perfection.”

The seed grew and began to bear fruit when I attended the keynote address by Dr. Brene Brown at the 2012 Women Success Forum in Denver. The presentation was entitled: “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead. Dr. Brown (2012) writes: “Vulnerability is not weakness… “Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.”

Lately, I have been thinking about this life lesson. Our loved ones, colleagues and clients are not expecting perfection from us. Rather if we are strong enough to let go of the facades and reveal our authentic selves, I do believe that is where we can make the deepest connections. In choosing to be vulnerable, we dismantle power differentials that hinder relational intimacy. We provide a mirror for others to see a reflection of their own imperfect humanity and that shared image is AMAZINGLY liberating.

Will you choose weakness today?

Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead, New York, NY: Gotham Books.
+Peterson, D.N. (February, 2012). Choosing Weakness. The Covenant Companion, pp. 7-9.
+The quotation above is taken from the unedited transcript of Dr. Peterson’s 2011 speech which he graciously shared with me.

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