There is truly no mask that we can wear that we can wear better than our own skin.Russell Catania
- The façade of “I’m fine” distances us from those who are not fine.
- Pretending that everything is OK does not magically make everything OK.
- Unlike physical distancing, emotional distancing during this season is more harmful than helpful.
- To be fully known and fully loved simultaneously requires us first to be fully known.
- It is never too late to stop wearing the emotional masks we have been carrying into each and every relationship.
- Emotional mask-wearing is at its core the result of fear.
- Take the first step toward open and honest relationships by sharing ongoing struggles and disappointments even before others have done the same.
- Demonstrate a willingness to respond to “How are you?” with “It’s been a hard day.”
- Share your dreams and passions without fear of what others will think of you.
Share That Secret
We can’t be fully loved unless we are fully known. This week Beau Johnson and Dr. Michael Brown share their perspectives about the power of cultivating real, vulnerable relationships.
Ask For Help
Friendships, communities, and businesses are all stronger when we open up about our shortcomings and lean on each other for support. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert discuss the crucial practice of inviting assistance from those around us.
Chaos And Friendship
Life is hard, but it becomes a lot easier when we struggle alongside others. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and author of A Book About Friendship, Sammy Adebiyi, encourage us to pursue our deepest desire for human connection even (and especially) when times are tough.