The intention and outcome of vulnerability is trust, intimacy and connection. The outcome of oversharing is distrust, disconnection – and usually a little judgment. Brene Brown
Meditation: Our Western culture is going through a phase of oversharing personal information. In the past, personal things were often not shared at all based on the motto: “What happens in the family, stays in the family.” Today’s youth shares everything – from what they eat or drink to what they wear each day. However, this personal sharing often does not result in greater connection. The current young generation sometimes ends up disillusioned and more disconnected than before. Cruel comments or “no likes” make teenagers worry and wonder about what others did with the personal information they shared. It is important that our youth experiences and learns about true vulnerability, about trust and real connection. Intimacy happens not through texting or through social media. True vulnerability requires the full presence of human beings with each other. I hope that young and old(er) will re-discover and learn more about true vulnerability. And this intimate and healing space is located right in the middle between hiding and oversharing.
Prayer: Spirit of the living God, You are empowering us to engage in vulnerability as the experience of trusting and connecting. Many of us are seeking a way out of isolation, out of hiding. And yet, we often make the mistake of going to the extreme opposite. We share too much. We share randomly. We overshare. Teach us all, young and old(er), how to be truly present with each other. Let us seek and find safe spaces, in which we can allow to share with each other our weaknesses and our vulnerability. Let us experience the power of true intimacy. Amen
I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. 1. Corinthians 2:3-4