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Tiny Wisdom: On Being Vulnerable

“What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” ~Brené Brown

To be vulnerable is to be free.

It gives you a break from trying to pretend you’re always right and you don’t have any flaws. It gives you permission to show your authentic self and stop taking responsibility for the way other people perceive you. It allows you to try new things and take the risk of feeling awkward or uncomfortable.

It also opens you up to the possibility of pain. We never know when we let our guard down that other people won’t hurt us, unintentionally or otherwise.

We can know, however, that the pain of closing ourselves off to people and possibilities is far more dangerous than the potential risks of opening up. We’re just not meant to be isolated. We need to really connect with each other.

Today, if you feel tempted to shut down and retreat into yourself, ask yourself : What’s the best thing that could happen today if I decided instead to move outside this place that feels safe?

Photo by Thomas Euler

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About Lori Deschene

Tiny Buddha Founder Lori Deschene is the author of the Tiny Wisdom eBook series (which includes one free eBook) & co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an eCourse that helps you get unstuck & change your life. She's now seeking stories to include in her next book, 365 Tiny Love Challenges by Tiny Buddha. Click here to share your story! For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter & Facebook.

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  • Ami Mattison

    I needed to read this today. I’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability recently and this says it all so succinctly. Thanks!

  • Cyndi Hill

    Very nicely said!! I don’t like feeling vulnerable, but I see it a little differently now. xo

  • Cyndi Hill

    Very nicely said!! I don’t like feeling vulnerable, but I see it a little differently now. xo

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  • Thao

    thanks for this post. i don’t know how you always know exactly what i’m thinking

  • Ande Waggener

    I love this! Fear of awkwardness and discomfort are like fences that keep us stuck in familiar parts of ourselves. When we knock those fences down, we find a whole set of inner qualities that are ready to run free.

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much for this post! :)

  • Lori Deschene

    Thank you for reading!

  • Lori Deschene

    Beautifully said. Thank you for sharing your perspective. =)

  • Lori Deschene

    I suspect it’s because we’re all pretty similar. I tend to write about the things that are most helpful to me, and I always need reminders to let go and put myself out there. Thank you for reading!

  • Lori Deschene

    I’m so glad to read that!

  • Lori Deschene

    You are most welcome. Thank you for reading!

  • Christine

    Gorgeous photo on the “vulnerability”. The post is also a timely reminder.

  • Joy Bell

    Sitting in Brooklyn in a snow storm and my friend in Australia posted this.
    Love it! And thankyou.

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  • PaperBagBird

    This is beautiful. All my life I’ve been afraid that my vulnerability is alienating me from people, because it made them feel so much uncomfortable, but then I started to hide, and turns out hiding is much much more exhausting than just being authentic. I recently started a blog and I’m gonna start taking more chances!

  • Lori Deschene

    That’s wonderful that you’re going to start taking more chances! I actually felt the same way about my vulnerability–but I’ve realized there are other people out there like me (like you for example!) There are people who will appreciate us just as we are. =)