Connection is the basis of our humanity. In order to connect, we must be willing to do
something where there are no guarantees like invest in relationships that may
or may not work out. To be truly
connected, we must be willing to show our vulnerabilities and biases. Brene Brown has a great Ted Talk about the
Power of Vulnerability that is worth your time. You can find it at https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerabi....
The only way that we can truly be vulnerable and discover
our biases is by having a close, safe community of diverse people who help us
see past our own worldview. How do we
diversify? We start one relationship at a time with a person who is ethnically, racially, or socioeconomically different than us,
then we can create a safe place to ask “dumb” questions. How do we build relationships that are not “comfortable”
and challenge us to be open and vulnerable? By challenging ourselves to communicate with people that we
“think” are different than us. Communication
is not just talking, but also listening and seeing others as they really are. Celeste Headlee has a great Ted Talk on
having better conversations. Check it
out at https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_.... We must go out, talk to people, listen to people, and, most
importantly, be prepared to be amazed by our shared humanity and commonality. We overcome the fear of our differences when we get to know each other.
This week, we will have an informal conversation by two incredible
men, John Grant and Ross Rossin. We will
explore race and how to communicate about it, so we can connect with each other
through love and understanding. Please join the conversation!