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For any of you that may wonder why I make myself so transparent on this journey of intense anguish and sorrow; I found the below excerpt today and decided to share because it hit the mark perfectly. Thank you, Anne, for your words of truth.

“Courage is a first step, but simply to bear the blow bravely is not enough. Stoicism is courageous, but it is only a halfway house on the long road. It is a shield, permissible for a short time only. In the end, one has to discard shields and remain open and vulnerable. Otherwise, scar tissue will seal off the wound and no growth will follow. To grow, to be reborn, one must remain vulnerable– open to love but also hideously open to the possibility of more suffering.”

From ‘Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead’ by Anne Morrow-Lindbergh

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