A friend shared this C.S. Lewis comic with me last week and it made me think about life, love, friendships, and being vulnerable. Yes being vulnerable isn't easy and I know for myself when I step outside of my safety and comfort zone and be vulnerable it takes a lot, and typically I don't stay out there for long.
The good thing is that I know this about myself and I know who I can be myself with and in those moments I know how to love and be myself.
The full version of this quote, taken from Lewis’s book, The Four Loves, reads:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”