To stand before another, undefended.



We are powerful beyond measure, and so deeply vulnerable at the same time. This might seem like a dichotomy, but it isn't. We have misunderstood real power. For many, including me, it has been something assertive, non-surrendering, pushing through no matter what. This is not real power. This is simply willfulness. Real power is something else - receptivity, vulnerability, the courage to keep your heart open on the darkest of days, the strength to feel it all when the odds are stacked against you. Real power is showing up with your heart on your sleeve and not needing to hide. This is an art...

To be seen, unadorned. To be witnessed, unprepared To stand before another, undefended.

Now that’s power!

Artist: Helen Nelson Reed


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