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Let me tell you a secret


“Secrets could never be rushed. They had to come of their own accord, on their own schedule. That way, when they came, the offered themselves as a gift.” ― Donna Jo Napoli

I’ve never been a secret teller. By that I mean that you can be sure that when you share something with me in confidence, your secret will be safe forever. And because I take secrets seriously, I don’t share my own lightly.
Historically I’ve kept a lot close to my heart, sharing very selectively and only when I feel the time is right. Whenever I have shared my intimate secrets though, I’ve found it liberating. Not only do I feel lifted in the act of getting something off my chest, but lifted by the closeness it brings with the person I’ve confided in.

Where there is trust, the outcome is always positive. Confidants feel loved and friendships often grow stronger as a result. But secrets are a curious thing. They can bring people closer together or drive them apart. Remember, friends don’t tell your secrets, nor judge you for them. They keep your secrets as close to their heart as you do.
What better way to show a friend that you love them but to tell them a secret and to hold onto theirs?

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