We all have our secrets: thoughts, memories, feelings that we keep to ourselves.

Often we think,

"If people knew what I feel or think, they would not love me."

These carefully kept secrets can do us much harm.

They can make us feel guilty or ashamed

and may lead us to self-rejection, depression,

and even suicidal thoughts and actions.

One of the most important things we can do with our secrets

is to share them in a safe place, with people we trust.

When we have a good way to bring our secrets into the light

and can look at them with others,

we will quickly discover that we are not alone with our secrets

and that our trusting friends will love us more deeply and more intimately than before.

Bringing our secrets into the light creates community and inner healing.

As a result of sharing secrets, not only will others love us better

but we will love ourselves more fully.

(Henri Nouwen)