Friday, September 05, 2008

A Vulnerable Friday Five

A less lighthearted RevGalBlogPals Friday Five:

1. Is vulnerability something that comes easily to you, or are you a private person?
I tend to keep my guard up much of the time.

2.How important is it to keep up a professional persona in work/ ministry?
I'm much more reserved at work than in the context of my faith community -- frankly, it's a matter of trust. But even at church, I find I have different levels of accessibility, if you will, with different people. And sometimes that's as much for their benefit as mine.

3. Masks, a form of self protection -- discuss...
I know the politically correct response is to say that we really shouldn't wear masks, that integrity of person should lead us to simply be who we are anywhere and everywhere -- but I'm not sure that's possible in anything other than perhaps an intentional community.

4. Who knows you warts and all?
FT, for sure. I think my pastor does. I suspect some of the readership here has noticed a wart or two on occasion.

5. Share a book, a prayer, a piece of music, a poem or a person that touches the deep place in your soul, and calls you to be who you are most authentically.
I think that school of character known as partnership helps me be who I am. My mask comes off promptly at 4:30 every weekday evening when I step outside the office and head home.


Mrs. M said...

I think "levels of accessibility" is a wonderful way of putting it.

Rev Honey said...

I also appreciate the phrase "levels of accesibility." Good to read your thoughts again.

Sally said...

I too appreciate the phrase levels of accessibility- there should be differences...thank you