I have a weird dog.
Now mind you, I love this dog dearly, but she is…funny…and odd. Now that she is sort of an aunt to my son’s puppy, she has earned the nickname of “Crazy Aunt Callie” (cuz you know every family has one) 😉
One of the funniest things she does is lie on her back. Now you may be thinking “big deal, my dog does that too” and that may be, but this dog does it constantly.
sleeping…lying on her back
she rarely sits when she can, you know, lie on her back.
(and in the interest of transparency, I checked the correct usage of lay and lie, because quite frankly, I forgot)
if you ask the family, they will say she is l-a-z-eeeee, and that may be, but dogs exposing their bellies is also a sign of vulnerability and trust.
vulnerable: capable of being physically or emotionally wounded; open to attack or damage
We as humans don’t like being vulnerable do we? We don’t want to be wounded in any way, shape, or form; and we certainly don’t want to open ourselves to attack…or damage…because dammit it hurts.
in order to take risks, to try and test things out, to explore, to venture out of our comfort zone, to expand…we must practice a degree of vulnerability.
We must expose our bellies and hope that we won’t get too wounded or the attack won’t devastate us; that others in our tribe will be kind when we reveal that we are indeed vulnerable as we push through to new territory.
vulnerability also creates connectedness and relatability. It lets others see that they too can expose their “bellies”, ie: dreams, goals, desires…and that it’s ok…really, to be vulnerable…because there can also be magic and beauty in vulnerability. It shines the light on the true inner essence of YOU.
I’m exposing my ‘belly’ vulnerability in a way I never have before; and yes, I am nervous, excited, fluttery butterflies scared, throw up terrified, and exhilarated all at the same time!
A project that I’ve had near and dear to my heart is coming to fruition and all that is needed is YOU to join The Catalyst Conversations
I hope that you will join me on this exciting journey and that it inspires you to expose your belly a bit too…because we all need a good belly rub and a stroke of the ego… 😉
Feeling vulnerable? Talk to me about it and join the conversation.