I want to continue my series of posts on being present with one another, but from a slightly different angle. A number of years ago, I sat with a principal of a local public high school (who also happened to be a strong believer), and I asked him about some of the tough challenges that are facing high school students today. Among the expected answers (pressure to achieve, increased sexuality, bullying, teenage drama, etc.), he mentioned the “YouTube effect”. Intrigued, I asked him to explain a bit more. Continue reading
Wow! Thanks everyone for the great interaction and response to last week’s post about shutting down technology and being present. I want to balance those thoughts and ideas with a thought on what it takes to engage one another. I say balance because it’s easy to address a topic by saying what we should not do. I want to also offer something that we should do. After all, most of us could attest to the fact that our mobile technology is often a buffer to protect us from the uneasiness of not knowing how to be fully present.
I want to share some insights from my friend, Mike Wilcox. Mike spends a lot of time working with missionaries, helping them process through some extreme wounds, hurt, and brokenness. Last June, I spent some time with Mike talking about what it takes to engage these folks and how he helps them engage others. One of the jewels of our conversation was the way he nuanced the ideas of vulnerability, transparency, and authenticity.
I know for many of us those three words are synonymous. Mike, however, helpfully clarified these terms for me. Contrary to what I had believed, vulnerability and transparency are not necessarily good things for a community. Let me share how he explained it. Continue reading
Here’s a short video to help you visualize what it looks like to NOT be present. Hope it’ll encourage you to unplug, get out, and have a real moment!