Over at Ordinary Courage , Brene’ Brown writes about a friend and shame……
we talk about shame being a “full contact” emotion. Shame doesn’t just happen in our head or heart, we experience and hold it in our bodies. We always ask participants to identify where shame shows up for them. Liz shared, “In my feet because I use them to walk away from situations when I should stay.”
She took a photo of her feet and added the words :
Courage = stay + be vulnerable
It got me thinking ….
where do I hold my shame?
IN MY MOUTH
I shut my mouth when I need to speak my truth
I just don’t speak, I go silent in difficult situations
leaving myself and others wondering and lost.
COURAGE = BE VULNERABLE + SPEAK MY TRUTH
…..this is the LIGHT in me that I hide
my God unique view
I chomp down hiding behind
a gate called lips
a lock of hard teeth
and a leash of pressed tongue
clung to the roof of my mouth
in fear of the dreaded what if’s
what if I say too much
what if I say it wrong
what if I look stupid
what if I get it wrong
what If I make a fool of myself
what if …what if …what if
I forget to ask myself what if ….
I hide my light under a bushel and it burns out….
will I ever be free of fearful and speak in courage
YES … one light word at a time …
One prayerful begging heart bent low in humility
or darkness confessed
either way I am better off then silent.
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@ Kelliwoodford — lets stand together in spirit and speak !! thank you for visiting! :0)
@ Brandee Shafer – :0) thank you!
oh, this is beauty.
i am so much like you. i err on the side of caution with my words. but you’re right, caution can be a cover-up for cowardice. and i don’t wanna hide my light, either.
needed this encouragement tonight. thank you. 🙂
Yes: speak. So much beauty in you.
learning to follow close is a great lesson!! May God voice be clear to you! thank you for visiting.
I’m learning to open when He calls me to open and be silent when He calls me to be silent. And sometimes I make mistakes, but at least I am learning to press in.