We carry countless untold stories within us. And kept secret, some of these stories can feel like a burden. They can reinforce feelings of shame and fear. And they can make us feel terribly alone.
While it is unwise to be an open book to all, it is important—and even necessary—that we have safe and supportive and loving relationships where we can share these stories. And by sharing our stories, we learn to receive love and compassion, we learn that others can learn from our experiences, and we experience the power of our vulnerability.
By opening our hearts and sharing our stories, we can begin our healing process, and simultaneously we create an atmosphere where vulnerability and honesty encourage the healing process of others.