Powerful + vulnerable, both

August 17, 2017

fightI’m quoting author Jeff Brown for Part 2 of my To Fight or Not series, which began in yesterday’s post :

We are powerful beyond measure, and so deeply vulnerable at the same time. This may seem like a dichotomy, but it isn’t.

We have misunderstood real power. It has been something assertive, non-surrendering, pushing on through.

This is not real power. This is simply willfulness.

Real power is something else– receptivity, open-ness, the courage to keep your heart open on the darkest of days, the strength to feel it all, even when the odds are stacked against you.

Real power is showing up with your heart on your sleeve and absolutely refusing to waste one moment of your life hidden behind edginess and armour. The art of enheartened presence. Now that’s power.

~ Jeff Brown / Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground

And so when I talk about “You’ve got this!”  that’s what I mean.  Standing in that power. Owning it.

And one more thing.

Life is meant to be lived fully all the way to the end. All the way. No matter what that looks like.

And we have control over that. Because “We’ve GOT this.”

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16 comments on “Powerful + vulnerable, both
  1. The Wanderer says:

    What a wonderful message you brought!! We have always been afraid to open up or show affection, but that needs courage or is the real power as you said it. Loved your post

  2. I absolutely love this! I think one of the best things we can do in life is realize that power is not the ability to overpower. It’s the ability to come out the other side better than we were before.

  3. Vera Sweeney says:

    This is such a great post. The real power is the ability to keep your heart open no matter what. It’s all too easy to close ourselves off in an attempt to protect ourselves from possible hurt of one form or another.

  4. Maureen says:

    This is a really beautiful message. I felt so uplifted just reading it, goes to show the true power of words. Lovely post, hope it makes others feel better too!

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    I love your message here.It can be so hard to show your true emotions but it’s so important to let others see your battles.

  6. This is such a powerful post! We were created to overcome, but we need to share and become vulnerable for healing to occur sometimes

  7. Liz Mays says:

    This is a great thing to remember when struggling. It takes a lot of strength to confront your emotions head-on.

  8. I think this is a special message. It is so hard to struggle even though so much of you is saying to stop trying.

  9. Theresa says:

    This is such a powerful and thought provoking post. I know how difficult it can be to open up and share your emotions for fear of looking weak, so when you can move past that and let the emotions run free, you’ll feel a lot better in the long run.

  10. Cynthia says:

    Lovely message! It takes courage to be vulnerable!

  11. Vanessa says:

    This is a beautiful quote from Jeff Brown. I agree it’s important to stay in our power 🙂

  12. Gayathri says:

    This is such a positive and uplifting post that reached me at the right time. I was doubting myself and was worrying about all the decisions I had taken. Now you got me thinking. Thanks

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  13. Such a lovely reminder for all of us. It’s important that we own what we can do and stay true to ourselves. We shouldn’t let others live our lives for us, we should live it in full and how we want to.

  14. Dogvills says:

    Wow. What a really powerful message. It made me think twice about some of the so-called “leaders” today who are regarded as “powerful.” I think we must all have the more positive power that accepts and effects change, starting from within ourselves and creating a ripple effect that would likewise do the same to others.

  15. Wendy Polisi says:

    I am in love with this. Power is not always strength, but kindness and the ability to step back and regroup.

  16. Jeanine says:

    Such a beautiful message. This is a really great reminder, and I think a lot of us needed it!

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