Sometimes we experience moments in our lives that are so profound, so impactful that we can’t help but be affected by them.
I experienced one of those moments today.
My husband, Bill, faced some of his biggest fears today as he humbly yet commandingly held the attention of a room full of people, sharing his story of growth through community over the past 6 years.
When our pastor and friend, Ryan, called Bill 3 weeks ago to ask if he would share his story at church, he stepped up to the challenge, despite his fears and reservations.
Like many people, Bill has had a lifelong fear of public speaking. And like most men, he wasn’t exactly jumping at the opportunity to share his thoughts and feelings with a room of over 100 people. When Bill was first asked, he panicked and decided he needed some proper training, so he spent the following twenty minutes googling public speaking courses. He found some good ones, but they were all UK based (Here’s some great public speaking courses to attend in London if these are of interest to you!). However, I managed to calm him down and he came round to the idea of no training and just practicing with me instead.
Being emotionally vulnerable isn’t something our culture encourages men to do, and those who do put their fragile egos at risk.
Bill opened up by highlighting the irony of how he can easily speak in front of a room of elementary school students in his job as a phys ed teacher, where conversations typically consist of debates over who did what, who likes whom or who has to go to the bathroom.
Speaking in front of a group of peers is an entirely different ballgame.
He shared how he used to be terrified of speaking in public. He would intentionally sit on the outskirts of a room full of people in our small group, sometimes dozing off as a result of the heat in the room, hoping to go unnoticed and not be asked to contribute to the discussion.
He talked about how he grew in his understanding of what it really means to be a man in a guys’ group he was a part of through our church as he studied the book The Way of the Wild Heart.
He got choked up as he shared how he felt years of emotional burdens lifted as he and the guys in that group shared their stories and struggles with each other.
He opened up about the impact of a retreat we went on last September on our ability to communicate more effectively and lovingly as a couple.
Sometimes what we are so afraid to share with other people is the very thing that will connect us to them, the very thing they are so frightened to unveil themselves.
Sometimes it just takes one person with the courage to be vulnerable.
I’m so proud of my husband for being that person.
I’m proud of the man Bill has become and the leader he is in our relationship, in his job, and in our church.
I’m proud of the example he sets for what it means to be a humble, teachable, gracious, forgiving, kind, caring and loving man.
I’m proud to be his wife.
Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky.
I wanted to celebrate him and what this milestone means, so we grabbed brunch at one of our favorite places – Atwater’s – and I gave him a card letting him know how proud of him I am.
When we got home, I served him this pie. Bill and I both love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate, so we had eyed up this recipe before. I thought today would be the perfect day to make it for him.
If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you need to know about this pie. Talk about an indulgence! It’s chocolately, peanut buttery (trust me, it’s a word), and decadent.
Tempted to try it? Click here for the recipe**! I used cacao powder (not cocoa powder) because it has more health benefits! Click here to learn more about why CACAO is better than COCOA.
**I added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the filling. For the crust I ground up 1.5 cups of whole almonds in my food processor until it was a fine consistency because I didn’t have any almond meal. Then, I just added the other crust ingredients to the food processor to combine them before pressing it into the bottom of the pie plate.
Public speaking is so difficult!! That is so wonderful that your husband faced his fears and encouraged others, you certainly have the right to be proud of him. Marriage is a wonderful thing, especially when you continue to grow together as a couple. My husband and I have been married for almost 11 years and even though we’ve had our ups and downs, I am so thankful every day to have him. BTW- I made the peanut butter pie (I love the Detoxinista’s blog, too!) a few weeks ago and it is wonderful!
Hi Kayla! Thanks for commenting! Yes, it can be super scary to put yourself out there, especially about vulnerable topics like this. It was such a cool thing to watch unfold 🙂 That’s wonderful that you and your husband have been committed to each other for 11 years! Marriage definitely has its ups and downs, but you’re right – there is so much to be thankful for in our spouses. Thanks for sharing your feedback about the peanut butter pie, too! Isn’t it amazing!! I was surprised we were able to make it last a full week – it was tempting to just take a fork to it directly and not cut it into slices 🙂 Have a great day!!
Yum! Do you think this would work if you made it in a cupcake pan with liners? I have a get together this coming weekend and want to bring something that would be easier to portion out and eat but wasn’t sure if the consistency would work this way rather than in pie format.
Yes! It would work with mini liners since it’s no-bake. You could just press down about a 1/4-1/2 inch of the crust into each one and then pour the filling in. I’m sure everyone will love it! 🙂
Thanks! Also – did you use cocoa powder or cacao powder?
Hi Sharon! I used cacao powder 🙂 I will make a note of that!