I had the pleasure of a private communication with a friend recently and thanked her for her forthrightness on the subject of over-drinking. I mentioned her and the piece she wrote about her own experience getting through to a new place with that anxiety driven behavior when she inspired me to look at my behavior and see how my assumptions about my life were no longer true. And now I don’t have to quell needless anxieties anymore. Or not as much perhaps.

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It struck me as significant when she said that many other of her connections had privately contacted her to give her their gratitude too. She said how much she appreciated how when we talked about what we thought we’d always have as our secret shames, this actually helped each of us bring light to the “shadowy places” and make our fears a lot less scary.

The risk to be vulnerable ends up paying off with relief. And we pass the relief along to someone else who may need permission to not be terrified or ashamed. Our communications add humanity and compassion back into our lives. And I live for those moments when the light gets shined into a dark place and makes it suddenly seem so much less scary.

So give the world what you’ve got. Take a risk and ask for support and guidance and you will be bowled over by the gifts that may await you when you do.

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