The first time I ever shared my story with a group of people was over email. And it felt SO great (bizarre, right?)!
My counselor, Swede, had given me an assignment – before I was to return the following week, he wanted me to do two things that scared me.
It was a simple task and it literally could’ve been any two things, as long as they scared me.
To be honest, I don’t know what the second thing was that I did. No idea. But, I remember the first – because it instantly entered my mind and I knew I needed to do it (and was personally ready to).
I went to the coffee shop (are you noticing a theme?), pulled out my laptop, and began to type a letter to a whole list of poor suckers who’d been on the receiving end of my ridiculous (and pretty pointless, but lighthearted) personal update emails for quite some time.
I don’t recall exactly what I said in the email, but I shared my story of being sexually abused as a kid and the fact that I was now seeing a counselor. I remember it being pretty heartfelt and honest, and written from a position of wanting to encourage others to push through tough life experiences and use them to encourage others.
It was scary, yes. But, it was also very life giving. And the responses I received were pretty special.
I just finished reading a great book that said the cure for fear is taking action. When it comes to turning a once-negative thing into a positive thing that can bring truth, light, and hope to the lives of others… well, there’s nothing better.
So, my challenge for you today is the same as Swede’s: Before next Thursday, do two things that scare you. They can be absolutely anything – as long as they scare you. 🙂
I’ll join you in this and do it as well! 🙂
Here’s a little bit more about Speak Your Silence and why we do what we do.