opening up

Some may not think that it is the safest thing to do

But that does not stop me

I risk my heart anyway

Opening it up to the world

Allowing people to come in

And sit with me 

I share my story

Even the parts that are not pretty

I show the vulnerable pieces of myself

Without any agenda or expectation

I show up 

As myself

Allowing others to enter the space around my heart and soul

I breathe in the moment

Letting it soak deeply into me

Knowing that these are the moments that I will remember

I listen deeply

To the stories others tell

Feeling each emotion that comes from them

I care about the way each person is weaved together 

As they make their journey through life

I treasure the moments when others shed some of their skin

Allowing me in to see them

Granting me the permission to enter their space

It is blessing to stand with them in that moment

I show up

As myself

With my heart in the palm of my hands

Showing the shining pieces as well as the bumps and bruises

In hopes that you will feel safe enough 

To share yourself with me