Thursday, September 29, 2011

sharing is caring.

so, during my lunch break sometimes... i sit at my desk and surf the web. i like to read. what a dork, right? whateva's...knowledge is power! at least in my book it is. anyways, i came across lisa nichols page and read her post of "the power of sharing" - very interesting stuff. just by the first two sentences i was taken back. because her words are so true!

this statement really made me think: I've learned that there's a power in consistency. The more I peel back my layers and give to you, the more of you that you give to me.

anyhoo...its a pretty, short and interesting read. take a look :)

The Power of Sharing by Lisa Nichols

Peeling back the layers of yourself can leave you feeling unprotected and emotionally exposed before another person.

But vulnerability is necessary when building any relationship.

Peeling away your layers allows people to see who you really are. And there's freedom in that. It's a freedom you should celebrate and embrace, not shy away from.

Everywhere I go people tell me, "You're just like you were on Oprah."

Whether intended or not, I embrace their comments as wonderful compliments. Whenever or wherever you see me, you're going to get Lisa -- so much so it might surprise you.

I've learned that there's a power in consistency. The more I peel back my layers and give to you, the more of you that you give to me.

It's amazing what can happen when individuals have the courage to honestly open up with one another. It can take your relationships -- with your children, your sisters or brothers, your mother or father, or with the man or the woman in your life -- to a much deeper level.

Try it with this little exercise.

Find one or two people in your life and complete the following sentence to them at least seven times:

"If you really knew me, you'd know that I..."

Don't expect them to necessarily open up to you in return. They may or they may not. But I want you to really share yourself with them.

For me it'd go something like this:

"If you really knew me, you'd know that sometimes I get really scared or really frustrated... If you really knew me, you'd know that I love what I do every day... If you really knew me, you'd know that I want people to see the real me, but I'm often afraid to show them."

Whatever it may be for you, peel back the layers. Give others more of you so that they can give you more of them. You may be surprised how people respond -- pleasantly surprised!

If you're feeling a bit wary about trying this with a friend practice it alone first. Take a few minutes right now to complete this exercise in front of a mirror and those layers will fall away that much easier.


melifaif said...

LOVE this!!! I know he is extreme...but Joel Osteen also has great messages!!!!! Chin up beautiful....I hope you are finding your way! Much love...

melifaif said...

Keep doing the right. God is building character in you, and you are passing that test. Remember, the greater the struggle, the greater the reward.
― Joel Osteen

Brandi @ Home Team Dreams said...

I really loved reading this Ashley! I think it is very true! Thanks for sharing :)

Love Unawakened said...

Great post!