Some quotes from Brene Brown about choosing to be seen:
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”
It’s a scary thing to be vulnerable, but’s a courageous thing to be vulnerable. It’s how we grow as humans who are wired for connection. We don’t want to simply fit in, we want to experience that deep sense of belonging.
But that requires us to make intentional steps to cultivate empathy, humility, and vulnerability. We all carry shame around with us, and it’s about learning how to work through that shame in healthy ways, for instance, by talking with a therapist, that we can push past our desires of trying to keep those darker more shadowy places of our heart invisible.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”