40 Reflections – #3 On being Vulnerable: 40 days of raw recollections during the Lenten Season
“Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked.” – Anne Lamott
I’ve always had a passion for writing. At nine, I filled the lines of my diary with trips to Disney and life-changing walks home from school. In middle and high school, I packed numerous pages with poems. During and after college, I chronicled my travels to placid beaches in Mexico and being witness to newborns in India gently held over the smoke of hot coals to promote circulation. Additionally, 15 years ago, when the pink line on the little white stick silently announced motherhood was on deck in my life, I slid my mouse over the word “File”, clicked “New Document”, and 16 years later I pore over hundreds of records of family life — the wild and the wicked.
When the idea of blogging was planted in my head, I loved the thought, but as I typed my stories, the mere inclination of becoming transparent with the world (or my three followers- thanks mom, dad, and hubby), fear, and apprehension enveloped me. I asked myself and continue to ask: Why should I share my thoughts? What if I offend or hurt someone inadvertently? Who would want to hear what I have to say? Frankly, I can be a little snarky. Uh oh, people will hate me!
Putting your self “out there” is scary. It’s unsettling. It’s a risk…and somehow, concurrently, it is transforming, cathartic, beautiful, and emancipating.
I will continue my thoughts on vulnerability in Part 2 because my son just announced: “It’s 11:11! Make a wish.”
So here’s mine: to serve, share, and press PUBLISH with confidence.
Dig Deep: After your next run do a 25 rep challenge: 25 – squats, 25 – push-ups, 25 – sit-ups – REPEAT 3 TIMES!
LENTEN CHALLENGE: Say one decade of the Rosary today.