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Exercise Wednesday: Naked

September 26, 2012

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“We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.” — George Bernard Shaw

“You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts.” — Don Draper, Mad Men

The first quote above holds the key to refuting the second quote above. One can argue that only by tearing down the walls and showing the unvarnished truth of who we really are, can we truly give and receive the love required to not be alone. Whether you think about ourselves, or our spouses, or even God, you can’t truly give and receive unless we’re willing to do so with absolute trust.

In order to not be alone, we need to have the courage to stand naked in front of those we love, without any false fronts or walls to hide the things that embarrass us. To take the chance to be damned for what we really are. Of course, the nakedness is figurative. It’s really not that hard to be naked in front of a stranger. It happens at the doctor’s office every day. (Usually just before you turn your head and cough, for guys.)

Today’s exercise is about a character going naked, or even partially naked. There can be the removal of clothing, but that should represent true nakedness. It could involve the stripping away of secrets or the discovery of a lie or the unveiling of a weakness or a problem.

Is the nakedness voluntary or forced? Will the nakedness be accepted or rejected? Will it be reciprocal? Will it be real nakedness, or just another lie?

Time limit: 25 minutes

  1. September 26, 2012 8:36 am

    Can I just say that you are the one blogger of all that I follow who consistently hits me between the eyes with the most amazing observations. How you do this–is it DAILY??–so often, is mind-reeling. Sorry to gush but I hope this blog is going to go on beyond the conference time table?

  2. Chris Hamilton permalink
    September 26, 2012 7:07 pm

    The blog is here to stay, at least for a while longer. Thanks for the kind words!

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