I just came across what follows below in quotation marks. It touched me because I have had the great good fortune to experience the vulnerability trustingly shared as described by the writer, specifically in support group settings for more than 32 years now. I also relate to the essence of the message because my work for years has found me among people in nonprofit organizations where the prospect of mutual love and support for improving the quality of life is far greater than any other social context I know about. I am looking forward to the training program with a bunch of such folks this coming week. So it has gone, so it goes, as I experience my eldering by living one day at a time - but not alone...
"Throughout history, humans have needed each other in order to endure and move through crises without being broken by them. As our planet and our species confront unprecedented challenges, survival without support is virtually impossible.
Dizzying changes such as energy depletion, poverty, violence, climate chaos, homelessness, widespread illness, and the sheer harshness of day to day living, wear us down, make us vulnerable. It is one thing to navigate these challenges and quite another to try to do so alone. For what we are dealing with, we need massive amounts of support. We may be spending large quantities of time being resourceful adults, but within the capable adult resides a trembling child. We desperately need companions with whom we can share our feelings and dialog about our common vulnerabilities.
Vulnerability is tricky. We need to have safe places where we can be vulnerable, and at the same time, we need to be able to trust the people with whom we are exposing the child within. Vulnerability is also an enormous gift that we can give and receive with each other. It softens the heart and activates compassion. Revealing our vulnerability and receiving compassion in return is a healing salve for the soul.
Vulnerability brings people together in ways they might not connect in so-called “normal” times. I see this as one of the most extraordinary blessings in the dissolution of the old paradigm. In trauma and loss, we often find each other in a capacity and with a quality of compassion not possible in earlier times.
How do you need to be cared for today? Who needs you to care for them? Take some time to reflect on the connections you have formed in the process of societal unraveling. What further connections would you like to make? What gifts do you have to contribute?"
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