People are afraid to speak up.
To let others know what they think. What they believe.
Afraid to let others see who they really are.
They don’t feel good enough.
That was me. I was afraid. I thought I’d lose all my friends. No one would ever want to talk to me again.
But I knew something had to change.
I spoke up (so to speak).
I’m a very flawed human being.
Everyone else is flawed, too.
Tell your story.
Let people see the real you.
That’s how people connect. At least, I think that’s how it works.
I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy with a blog.
But it’s helped me.
I’ve always been the first one to say, “I love you.” I always say, “Not next time.” But I always do.
Vulnerability is scary.
I’ve felt a lot of shame in my life. I’ve thought, “If people knew the real me, they wouldn’t like me.”
The result seems to have been the opposite.
No one has told me how terrible I am.
People have actually said some really nice things. About me. About things I’ve written.
I feel like I’m just getting started.
Paradoxically, being vulnerable has made me feel better about myself.
It’s made me feel stronger.
You should try it.
Forgiveness is hard.
I get it.
It’s something I struggle with. Getting hurt is part of life. Letting go of grudges is hard.
It’s worth it, though.
Forgiveness isn’t trusting them again. It’s just not holding a grudge.
There’s an old saying: “Hating someone is like drinking poison and expecting it to kill the other person.”
Don’t hold on to hatred. You’re only hurting yourself.
Forgive them for your own sake. For your own piece of mind.
You’ll be glad you did.