A few weeks ago I shared a sentence from my journal on Facebook which I wrote years ago. It was not a big deal because I’ve added 50 friends not 500. Someone really liked what I wrote, wanted to use it as a quote and asked if they could use it: “Brilliant. Can I use this (will give you credit, my great, philosophical friend)?”
Seemed fair, since when I posted it on Facebook I knew that no one would “have” to ask for my permission and that it could be spread just by way of “friends of friends”. You see, part of my 2013 resolution was (and still is) to practice being more open about myself and more trusting of others. As such, I also offered to share with this person a bunch (10) of the many thoughts I’ve written over the past decade in my journal, not on Facebook, no, via a written, sealed envelop.
Today I received an IM response to my letter:
Hello. Just wanted to let you know I read your thoughts today over a coffee in the [name & location removed]. These are very wise words and I really appreciate you sharing them. Out of respect for the fact that you told me you don’t share this very often, I left them on the table at the cafe (I removed your name) in the hopes that another person would pick them up and get the same inspiration out of them that I did.
Since these are now floating around the wild, I’ve decided to publish these 10 journal entries that were contained in that letter here, on my blog:
– As gold is refined, so a wise person uses the extreme heat of trials to identify their own impurities and attempt to remove them.
– Remember, the most confusing persons in our lives are often those we love most,
and those we love most are often just as confused about us.
– If you never try new things or paths in life, they become the past and don’t really matter.
Well, that is, as long as it doesn’t bother you that you’ll just never know!
– Not every saying of a friend is true,
but a true friend believes every saying.
– Always smile on the outside even when you’re torn inside,
for only God sees the inside and it’s no one else’s business!
– Never accept others making life’s choices for you,
because they won’t suffer or enjoy the consequences.
– It’s not wise to think people can’t change.
How long has God been waiting on you?
– Give today without reason to the ones you love,
for the ones you love may without reason die tomorrow.
– When too many words are said in anger, with each word we distance ourselves, from ourselves.
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These words above feel like my insides bared. In fact, the last time I shared online like this, was in 2002 in a poem called “Unprotected Text” which you can read here.