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unedited version… August 16, 2007

Posted by abi in life.

There was something I was reading today that mentioned a book (that I’m now interested in trying to find and read) called, Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner.  Here is the portion quoted that intrigued me:

“I have come to believe that by and large the human family all has the same secrets, which are both very telling and very important to tell. They are telling in the sense that they tell what is perhaps the central paradox of our condition — that what we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else.

It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are even if we tell it only to ourselves — because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real things.”

I think I agree with that, and know it to be true in my life.  It is easier a lot of times to not be authentic or tell people everything, even ourselves – for a lot of reasons.  We may want to avoid the truth and pretend its not real or we may fear the risk of betrayal and being hurt if people find out. 

But…its an amazing thing when you realize that you have people you can trust and share life with around you.  I have been realizing that recently and just have been feeling very blessed.  I have some amazing friends that have been there for me for years who I can entrust with the “unedited version” of my life.  And I have realized that, partly because of those deep relationships, my life is really good right now.  I am trying to be where God wants me to be and am enjoying it….a lot. 



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