When we make ourselves vulnerable to another person, they tame a piece of us. This is a marvelous experience because being tamed is not about being controlled, it is about being opened.
If you laughed yourself off the couch with your best friend over a joke about a poodle dog, then every poodle dog you ever see for the rest of your life will bring a smile to your mind, and if you are with your friend it’ll bring fresh rounds of laughter. If you wake to a pink-and-orange sunrise on the beach in your lover’s arms, future sunrises will evoke a deeper emotional response. And have you ever noticed how a particular song coming on the radio can bring you back to a weekend with friends or a favorite family memory?
Nowhere have I seen this phenomenon of taming described more eloquently, or more colorfully, than in this passage from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Being tamed means being opened because objects or sounds or smells that were once ordinary, become special and filled with meaning. Otherwise unnoticed details jump out at us, senses are heightened and we are more aware of ourselves and our surroundings.
Why not let yourself be tamed – by allowing yourself to be just a little vulnerable – today?