Here it is…the first time in the history of man (woman) when the relational effects of shame produce an action that changes relationships.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Genesis 3:6-10 TNIV)
Shame writes a story for all of us. It is insidious. Brene Brown’s first TED:Talk
presents something to ponder that may be a key to breaking the hold shame has on us. She does a beautiful job of explaining the reality of shame in our human condition. Check it out! I think there is more to this and we will talk about it next time.