I’m joining with Honoré today to share a new monthly update on my One Little Word, Open.
I wish I could say this word was done with me but it appears I am still learning lessons about being open. I suppose, given the ways I learned to protect myself as a child and given that I carried those ways into adulthood and used them repeatedly, being open is going to be the work of a lifetime for me. And, you know? I think I’m finally okay with that.
If I’ve learned anything at all about these words and how and why they come into my life, I’ve learned that fighting them is futile, that accepting them is the first step in understanding them, and that embracing them whenever possible is always going to make my life better.
So. Even though I still, and perhaps always will, equate open with vulnerability, I’m learning to see the growth that comes when I allow myself to be open. Open to new experiences. Open to change. Open to all feelings, even the difficult ones. And, best of all, open to the full experience of life and love.