Charlie was so relieved that Ellen made light of the situation. “Whew! That was so cool. She kind of cleaned it up for us, so that does help. Maybe there are a few less people talking bad about me now.” She just couldn’t know how bad any damage was until she spoke with Lyle, which she was dreading....(to be continued)
Strength, virtue, success, beauty, love—attributes and gifts we wear with pride and really don’t mind anyone noticing. In fact, those are usually so pronounced, we couldn’t hide them anyway. Many of us covet these attributes, and many of us will have them. But on the other hand, fear, insecurity, anger, sadness, uncertainty and disappointment are things we usually bury deep within ourselves and try to hide from others. We don’t want them to know those vulnerable parts of us, and we often deny them to ourselves as well.
The thing is every one of us undoubtedly carries elements of the latter set at some point in our lives. Regardless of what we do with what we have, and despite who we become, those are the things that link us in the human experience. Follow along with Charlie, Grace, Tammy, and Audrey as they navigate through trials; discover their talents and flaws. You will either nod with familiarity or shake your head in disbelief at what they encounter. Which lady will you most relate to? Does her experience mirror one of your own, or is she more like you want to be?
Whether in the secret lonely place that longs for contentment, or in the place that conceals a spicy, sexy vixen whose quest is to be seen as desirable, or in the quiet place that seeks spirituality and oneness, or even in the place where one undergoing trials and turmoil can find peace and push through, we all have stuff—simply put.
Those are the kinds of things that make it so important for us to connect with the right people, read the right stories, and hear the right accounts. It is through sharing that we encourage, enlighten, uplift, inspire, and reassure others that things may not be so bad and can in fact get better. In the words of Audrey James, “Humans are put here to live, and to love the experience of living. That’s what makes the ugly parts of life worth living through. They can’t be the focus of life, or life sucks.”
I sincerely believe that if we spent more time sharing with the intent of helping someone else, we’d have less time to focus on the ugly parts of life, and therefore we would ourselves be encouraged. Let’s try it."