The Acceptance Journey is filled with numerous paradoxes. One of them is to welcome vulnerability in your life. Not to shun it or hide it, but to simply embrace it because it is your inner child. Everyone has a soft spot in their lives. Everyone has a fresh and open wound that may have been unattended or neglected over the years. Everyone has a child within themselves. My inner child is a shy, stubborn one who wants to run and hide. This inner child, as everyone’s inner child, needs to be embraced. Embracing our vulnerable selves, we can experience freedom as a kiss to our wounds. And yet the moment of vulnerability does not actually feel as poetic or as riveting as I am making it seem to be. I am no expert on vulnerability, but I suppose that with continually letting yourself be vulnerable, you will get used to being vulnerable—not in a submissive manner, but as a welcomed guest in your heart. You might not even mind it if you seem vulnerable to others. As novices in the Acceptance Journey, the taste of freedom comes after the awkward embrace of vulnerability or at the end of the day when we remember that difficult challenge that revealed to others our weaknesses, or even a week later when we see that someone else is going through a similar situation and we are there to comfort them.
The Acceptance Journey entails accepting everything and not just some parts of ourselves. Accepting our favorite and not-so favorite parts of ourselves. Acceptance entails a constant loving embrace of whatever we hide or shun about ourselves. And, as hard as it is, encountering the child within us.