Vulnerability & Strength

These days we spend so much time and energy keeping up appearances so that we look younger, stronger, smarter, sexier, and ‘better’ than we really are.  There is a perception that somehow being just who we were build to be isn’t enough.  So we make up ourselves to the point of unrecognizable and we dress up our lives to the point that the people closest to us wonder whose life is that.  The rush to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ causes many to feel less than, not enough, or simply inadequate.  We’ve seen that in our celebrities (such as Robin Williams, Chester Bennington, Don Cornelius, Kurt Cobain, and Junior Seau) and we’re seeing it every day (there are more than 120 suicides committed every day in the USA alone).

So I want to highlight the strength it takes to be one’s self in spite of the criticism (both external as well as internal).  That strength requires vulnerability, a commitment to be yourself and not cover-up the things that make you who you are.  In this highlight I bring forward Rachel Farnsworth, known to many as The Stay At Home Chef.  Rachel has built a business, a brand, and a media following by creating videos of her restaurant-quality meals and recipes.  Her YouTube channel has more than 80,000 subscribers and her videos have been viewed more than 8 million times!  Her cookbook, Slow Cooker Cooking, is available on Amazon.com and in Barnes & Noble.  On top of her successes, she is a very pretty and happily married lady.  But all that still wasn’t enough for someone to

But all that still wasn’t enough for someone to bring the appearances judgment down on her.  A follower of her blog made some disparaging comments about her appearance.  Sadly, there is nothing unusual about that on the internet these days, but what Rachel did next was extraordinary.  Watch for yourself…