Vulnerable

A reminder to never feel shame in your weaker moments. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.
A reminder to never feel shame in your weaker moments. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.
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Vulnerable

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A reminder to never feel shame in your weaker moments.

About this print:

  • 9” x 12” fine art giclee print
  • Printed on thick high quality, acid-free archival paper stock with an enhanced matte finish
  • Reproduced from original acrylic painting by Caroline Kelso Winegeart
  • Does not come with frame

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This piece was created as a part of my 2016 project #AbstractAffirmationsDaily where I share an abstract piece of art with a positive message every day. Here's the story that accompanies this piece, posted on 4/25/2016:

Today’s message comes straight from my Monday morning newsletter to #selfmadesociety (if you’re not signed up, head to madevibrant.com/newsletter to join!) This cold of mine is still digging its claws in to my immune system, and feeling sick has to be one of my least favorite feelings. When your body isn’t at its best, it feels like a physical representation of weakness. As I described in today’s letter, I grew up with the understanding that weakness is bad and strength is good.

But what if we started to see our weakness not as something bad, but as something inevitable. What if we learned to view vulnerability as one stop of the many different destinations on the spectrum of being human. One quote that I found particularly beautiful in illustrating this sentiment was from poet and philosopher David Whyte via @brainpicker: “The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate through our intimacy with disappearance, our choice is to inhabit vulnerability as generous citizens of loss, robustly and fully, or conversely, as misers and complainers, reluctant and fearful, always at the gates of existence, but never bravely and completely attempting to enter, never wanting to risk ourselves, never walking fully through the door.”

To be vulnerable is to be human. To be FULLY human or whole-heartedly human as @brenebrown would say.

I’m deciding to use my current sickness as a reminder to never feel shame in those weaker moments because why should I be ashamed of being human? Why should any of us?