Websters Dictionary defines vulnerability as follows; “the quality or state of having little resistance to some outside agent <vulnerability to infection>. The state of being left without shelter or protection against something harmful<the vulnerability of the car to vandalism when it’s parked on the street>. Capable of being emotionally or physically wounded. open to attack, harm, or damage; assailable <vulnerable to criticism>” In addition to the actual definition of the word vulnerability, Webster also offers several synonyms (words that have the same meaning). Examples of synonyms listed are the following words; “endangered”, “exposed”, “open”, “sensitive”. What the dictionary does not list as an attribute of vulnerability is the word courage. I of course have no hard feelings against Webster or any other dictionary. What I will do is challenge your belief in those definitions. I will stand strong and proud behind the notion that vulnerability is beautiful, courageous, and the birthplace of miracles and inspiration. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable it means that we live with an open heart. We are able to love ourselves and one another unconditionally. To be vulnerable is to open yourself up to new experiences and step out of your comfort zone. Yes, we need to make sure that we are not in places or situations where life threatening or physical harm can occur, but love and living with an open heart is necessary for the survival of our soul! My wish is that each person on this planet lives in a way that allows their greatest potential to shine and light the way for others that need illuminating. To be vulnerable is to be true to yourself and that is the greatest gift that we can offer ourselves and this planet. I will leave you with this last thought just in case you are not sure what being vulnerable looks like. The next time that you reach down to pet your cat, dog, ferret, or any furry friend you may know, pay attention to how they allow themselves to be vulnerable. In time they will lay on their back and offer you their tummy to rub. This is vulnerability in it’s purest form. As animals their first instinct is to protect themselves and their vital organs. When they offer up their tummies they trust themselves and others without any question. They do not worry about the past or the future, they are in the present moment, and they are able to receive love. Open your heart my friends! Let your walls down! Be open, be vulnerable, be courageous!!