“I have learned about love. Love should be easy, free in connection; work, wonderfully so, as in investment; vulnerability balanced with courage, and always undergirded with trust. It should be grace, graced and grateful. It should uplift you.”
Love – we feel it, we know it, we believe in it. And I think it truly is indispensable.. we can’t live without it. As we peel away the layers of love… one I’d like to cover today is:
Vulnerability Balanced with Courage.
Love isn’t always easy for we must be open. Are you willing to love even if you are hurt?
Because a relationship didn’t work the way you’d prefer… or a church committee member spoke harshly to you… your idea got shot down at work or a precious pet ascended to heaven…
I know… it hurts… of course it does…
So be gentle with yourself, first.
But dear leader – we have to have the courage to soften our hearts, stay receptive, and be open to love at all times. And yes, that is at home and work.
This allows us to give the most to the world, and to ourselves.
Yes, at all times.
I know that might be hard to hear… Hang in there…
So there may be something that shut you down recently. Well, it’s time to unshutter the door and open back up. Take your heart out of the basement, or release your self-imposed sequestration in the attic.
Let’s be those loving, beautiful individuals, who deserve to receive and give love. And other people need it too!
Remember, to receive the benefit of love, we have to have courage.
“Love is Vulnerability Balanced with Courage.”
–Sunday, November 29th, 1998. 10:20pm.
Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning nonprofit helping people to donate and volunteer with top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world. Unique to UniversalGiving, 100% of all donations go directly to the cause.
Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service) and has been invited three times to the White House. Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire. She is a philanthropy expert for the new TV show, Billions Rising.
Pamela is also an accomplished actress, improviser, dancer, and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She is trained by The Groundlings, a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, at advanced level Second City Los Angeles, and a BATS improv player. Pamela donates a portion of every show’s proceeds to UniversalGiving.