Facing Fears Through Vulnerable Sharing

Fear and Shame 

Fear and shame will be topics that I will keep coming back to over and over again. Social Worker, speaker and author, Brene Brown said in her book Daring Greatly, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

So, here I am.

Some of my toughest wrestling matches with fear and shame are ones that I feel compelled to release.  I have had plenty of painful, lesson-filled experiences in my life, but I don’t feel the need to share them all. In fact, I wonder if the ones I feel the need to share the most are the ones that keep pulling me back, into the “arena” as Brown would say.

Maybe it’s selfish of me; maybe, the only way to keep the fear and shame from suffocating me is simply to let it out.

That is what this space is for – to embrace my story. These lessons on fear and shame are deep, and raw and continuous. When I share these lessons, I am left feeling lighter; a little bit more free.

My deep desire is that my children will too experience freedom.

Hearing Loss Fears 

When my kids were diagnosed with hearing loss, my son’s doctor said you me, “Everybody has something, your children’s something is just a little more visible.”

We can not hide. Our “something” is out there, everyday, every moment. So instead of trying to hide, we will lean into it all: fear, shame, anxiety. We will know that in and through the journey we will experience freedom, and peace, and incredible joy.

I had the honor of sharing my experience dealing a facing the many fears we had after we found out our children had hearing loss on Phonak’s blog called: www.HearingLikeme.com. I have become a hEARo content creator.

Here is an excerpt:

“When two of our children were diagnosed with hearing loss we knew we had to address the deep emotions that we were experiencing. Some of our fears were rational and some were not. At times, the fears I was experiencing felt debilitating. I wanted to hide under the covers of my warm bed and never come out.”

Check out the whole story on Hearing Like me.

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