A Quiet Sense of Freedom / by Sarah Palmeri

    Golden Glove, 60 x 48 inches, acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas, 2017

 

Golden Glove, 60 x 48 inches, acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas, 2017

In the song "Hallelujah," Leonard Cohen writes, "Love is not a victory march, it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah." Love is a form of vulnerability and if you replace the word love with vulnerability in that line, it's just as true. From calling a friend who's experienced a terrible tragedy to starting your own business, from feeling terrified to experiencing liberation, vulnerability is life's great dare. It's life asking, "Are you all in? Can you value your own vulnerability as much as you value it in others?" Answering yes to these questions is not weakness: It's courage beyond measure. It's daring greatly. And often the result of daring greatly isn't a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue.

 

-Brene Brown, Daring Greatly