A few months ago I excitedly went to my women's mastermind group. A mastermind is …. "The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony."
After some great discussions the group gave me some news! They felt I hadn’t been open and vulnerable with them.
Really?! I was so shocked.
We’ve known each other for 2 years and for them to say that hurt. What struck me the most was one of the closest members to me explained, “I’m your friend and I still feel like I don’t know you.” And I knew the reason it hurt my feelings because it was TRUE.
Let me explain - these women were safe, approachable, smart, calm and open minded. It was something within myself that I was holding back from being open. These ladies had shared very intimate stories, fears and challenges with me and I hadn’t reciprocated.
Why can being vulnerable be so scary, unfamiliar, and give you downright stomach pains?
That shock and hurt was a true blessing though. They called my bluff and encouraged me to tear down my wall I had held up for so long.
The other day I went to the beach with my friend from that mastermind group and she beautifully told me something personal. I listened and gave her space but then I did something after. I share something personal with her and felt her positive loving energy.
How do you be vulnerable? Do you view it as bad or good? When was the last time you were open? Did you feel attacked? Did you feel love?
I’m curious to see your relationship with vulnerability.
Email back something quick & lets be vulnerable.
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