“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
Gibran wrote the 2nd most popular book of all time (The Bible is 1st): “The Prophet”. It expresses profound, beautiful sentiment that applies to any sentient being! From Dean Ornish’s book, “Love and Survival”, to the multitudinous research and statistics, it it’s clear that people who are in healthy relationships live healthier, and longer lives.
Humans need to connect. In our times of social media and texting, although people have thousands of “friends” on Facebook, there is something that is gained from being there PERSONALLY with your friend. Technology has become such a force that I am appalled to see people who are supposed to be sharing an event together, on their phones texting other people, and ignoring the people their with! It’s almost like texting has become the personal relationship equivalent of multi-tasking!
So many people claim they are lonely and cut off from others. Neale Donald Walsch has the perfect solution for loneliness: Find someone else who is lonely, and be with them!
Instead of putting out a strong, independent exterior, be HONEST; tell your truth to another person, and watch how that relationship changes and blooms into one where there is a REAL connection. Show your humanity by expressing your feelings. These are REAL communication skills. You will immediately feel your stress levels go down, and your gratitude meter go up!
Believe it or not, but expressing your humanity by admitting to not being perfect even works in business settings. It’s the way we connect with all people and gain their trust.
Brene Brown’s TED talk gives you more insight into the power of vulnerability.
Is it easy for you to admit your vulnerability to others? Please share your thoughts and help others!