Tag Archive: vulnerability

A Legacy of Listening, Authenticity, (and Friendship) …

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” Fred Rogers   When Someone To Tell It To was started, we (co-founders Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden) had […]

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In The Fullness of Time- A Reflection in this Holiday Season

As is our tradition, each year on December 23, we (Tom and Michael, the co-founders of Someone To Tell It To), go to the Iberian Lounge at the Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to reflect on the year that is just ending. We celebrate the incredibly good moments and achievements and are open about the […]

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Friends

“Don’t judge a book by its cover when you don’t understand what that person’s been through.” –Corrie Louise Rose   Isn’t that true for all of us? If others really knew who we were on the inside, knowing our true vulnerabilities, our insecurities, our wounds, our pains, they couldn’t help but have empathy for us. […]

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Backslapping

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” —Brené Brown  “What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” —Haruki Murakami  As we share our […]

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Fred Rogers, three other dudes, and coming out of hiding

One of Fred Rogers’ favorite things was to make connections between people. I have often imagined his delight at the connections I have made these last several years, traveling the country with the message of our unlikely bond. Many of them have been profound but fleeting. Others have developed into friendships that will endure as long as […]

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The Vulnerability of Jesus

Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. IT takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief […]

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The true definition of the word ‘obedience’.

Obedience. This word most often evokes many negative feelings and ideas conjuring up images of someone ordering us to do something without us having any say or input.  A parent yelling at a child to clean up her room.  A husband or a wife demanding that the other work harder to bring in more money.  […]

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Being Safe Places for Others

Our favorite spiritual mentor – Henri Nouwen – has stated perfectly what our mission is all about: When we are free from the need to judge or condemn, we can become safe places for people to meet in vulnerability and take down the walls that separate them.   Being deeply rooted in the love of God, we cannot […]

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Listening, Actually

 One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.      Bryant H. McGill We spoke to a group this week about listening.  We shared that we believe all of us have the need to be listened to, to have our voices heard and our experiences acknowledged.  The […]

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