I have an on going struggle inside me between the "Who do you think you are? No one is interested in what you think or create." side and the "This little light of mine I'm gonna let it shine" side of my self. Recently I attended a conference on therapy and technology that reignited this debate.
The speaker was knowledgeable and interesting and shared lots of good information. When he spoke about managing your online presence, a number of people in the room stated they would never have a facebook page or share any personal information online. I have a facebook page and a blog. I left feeling a little uncomfortable and wondering if I might be too self-disclosing. As often happens, the various sides of this argument are coming at me from all directions. Several of the blogs I follow have addressed this issue this week. I thought you might find these perspectives interesting. I did.
The first is from a daily meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society. Henri Nouwen's books were life changing for me. I read them a number of years ago, when I was beginning to recognize my struggle with perfectionism and this over developed internal critic. Here was a man who was obviously spiritual who wrote about his own struggles and openly shared his humanity. His books helped me to realize that being spiritual was really about being an honest, authentic human being. It was about sharing the good/the bad, the pretty/the ugly, the figured out squared away parts/the chaotic I haven't a clue parts. This is the meditation from April 29th: