Secrets

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I have been clearing up some documentation from a recent fund raising campaign – sorting into categories for a later review.  It allows one to see what has gone well and what hasn’t. It’s not about total success or total failure.  It’s about becoming better. In the process I came upon a quotation worth sharing:

“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 that we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing.  It is important to tel our secrets too because it makes it easier that way to see where we have been in our lives and where we are going”.  – From:   Frederick Buechner Telling Secrets. New York: Harper & Row, 1991.