Vulnerability can be frightening, but it is also the place from which we grow when we have a supportive environment. Being a caregiver of babies and little ones is an experience of honoring the value of each human life. Consciousness itself is a kind of miracle when viewed through the eyes of the most vulnerable in our world. Think of the delightful openness of a four year old walking through nature and how they allow us to see with new eyes. Our biology appears to confirm this growth-bias as well since having an "open brain state" maximizes the experience of being alive. The first fifteen years of a human life and the last fifteen are unique to humans and allow for change and growth on deeper levels. The gift in being human seems to be that when we support those who are vulnerable – including ourselves- we will discover deeper levels of experience and meaning. Offering babies, children and young adults support so that they can find the strength to launch into adulthood is the gift we can offer to each other by being supportive of their potential in their vulnerable years.
“I define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. With that definition in mind, let’s think about love. Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment’s notice, who may be loyal to the day they die or betray us tomorrow — that’s vulnerability.”