Vulnerability and the Fear of Joy

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Vulnerability and the Fear of Joy

I began listening to an audiobook on the drive home from Saskatoon last weekend after delivering two of my horses to an amazing new home.  It is Brené Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability.  In it, she says that the biggest fear of most people is related to joy.  That we “beat vulnerability to the punch” by being afraid to be really happy when something wonderful happens because we are afraid it will be taken away from us.  For me, this is part of the reason I find celebration difficult, but another part is because I imagined people thinking, “Who does she think she is?’

I call a moratorium on this kind of  stinkin’ thinkin’.  I commit to celebrating the joyous things that happen to me and to my friends.  I commit to revelling in the positive feelings when they happen, whether they are related to something large or to the everyday joys that surround us all.

In this regard, I am getting ready to celebrate a milestone in the evolution of Celestina Ranch and  Things are about to change around here if an agreement I’ve entered into closes.  More to come on July 2.  In the meantime, I ask that my friends and family send a little energetic support my way so that I can move forward ever more confidently into my dreams.

About Author


Jocelyn Hastie is fiercely committed to serving people who have been affected by traumatic injury or illness: their own, that of their loved ones, or clients/patients. She leads by example, helping people to learn from their challenges and walk into their authenticity and vulnerability and live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Jocelyn says, “I lived most of my life believing that demonstrating vulnerability made me appear weak or needy and repelled others. As a recent graduate of the school of cancer, I found that people did run when they saw my vulnerability, but they ran towards me instead of away from me.” A CPA/CGA with thirty plus years of business, she has a unique perspective on facing mortality and learning to get out of her own way and accept the love and support from family and friends.

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