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September 28th, 2004

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06:55 pm
I'm beginning to understand another of the greatest wonders of the world, and that is vulnerability. We have within us an internal sense of the value of being vulnerable; it is a part of all the most precious parts of our experience. Some examples:

1) Infancy is vulnerability. Babies can be harmed by anyone and anything they are left unprotected from. Without the help of loving parents and family, they would soon die.

2) Nakedness is vulnerability. We guard our bodies obsessively. Why? Because to be seen naked still retains its meaning from the beginning of time, from the garden of Eden: to be known. When we are fully naked, we are fully known. And thus, vulnerable nakedness becomes both the most avoided and the most desired state of humanity. It is precious because it is so open to pain: to bodily attack; to criticism; to desire.

3) Honesty is vulnerability. When we share ourselves with our friends (or our family, or our spouses, or our fiancees), we are opening ourselves to pain. When we tell others about our worries, our struggles, our ambitions, and our shames -- these are the moments when we place ourselves at their mercy. Because we cannot control the outcomes, but we trust them to love us anyway.

When I consider whether to make myself vulnerable, I must always remember: no man ever proved his worth through being cautious. Jesus, lover of my soul, calls me to be vulnerable -- because it is only in vulnerability that I can find my true value.

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for." - John A. Shedd

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life, is when men are afraid of the Light." - Plato
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Date:September 29th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)


The amazing thing is that only with vulnerability do we have true freedom, the freedom of being real...being truly ourselves. I think that may be what we fear; if we are truly known we must know ourselves. People will do almost anything to avoid that (our culture makes it easy) and yet that is the deepest longing of our hearts: to be fully known and fully loved. This is beyond us and so we cower; by ourselves we cannot fully know and love ourselves. The pain of being known and not loved-known and ignored or despised-is almost unbearable. So, rather than risk that, we hide behind carefully constructed masks as if life were a masquerade. The challenge is to break the mask and live as free children of God: vulnerable and yet unafraid.
I'm beginning to understand another of the greatest wonders of the… - Urset's Musings

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