A few weeks ago, a close friend of mine admitted to me that she had found it hard to be completely honest with me when we first met. We had been talking about life, and its ups and downs, and I had just told her that I was learning more & more to take people as they are when she confessed that she had had to filter a lot of what she said to me when she first met me.
She said that it was because she was afraid of the way I'd respond - or react - to what she said. Her statement caught me by surprise, seeing as we've been friends for a while; and judging by where our friendships is now, I never imagined that she had ever felt that way about me! 😮
After our conversation, I couldn't help but think about what she had told me. I tried to remember who I was when I first met her; and slowly, I began to understand exactly what she meant...
One of the classes I'm taking this semester is "Thinking Through Religions", a class where we learn about each of the main religions of the world in detail. We had already learnt about Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism - all very interesting lessons that taught me so much about these religions that I didn't know before. But what I was really looking forward to was the lesson in which we'd learn about Christianity. 😊
I used to make a list of things that made me happy. 😊
Big things. Small things. Answered prayers. Surprises. A new pair of shoes. An unexpected text message - basically anything. And whenever I added something new to the list I'd read back on all the previous entries and smile. They had a way of expanding my heart and making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 👸
But somewhere along the way, I stopped updating my list because I convinced myself that it was silly and unnecessary to have one in the first place. Plus I figured that if something was that important, I'd remember it whether I wrote it down or not, right...?
It turns out I was wrong.
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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