I have found that by being honest with my audience, I can be honest with myself and also forgive myself for imperfections- or more accurately, celebrate my imperfections. By acknowledging secrets I can ask for help.
I want to take your secrets public. I want to burn down the distance between us. I want to give you breath. – James Ellroy, My Dark Places
Today we revisit an old journal exercise. Post Card Secrets.
Here’s a good template for your exercise:
On postcard write a secret [or many] about yourself. Something so secretive, you’d feel really uncomfortable sharing it with the world. Write it out. You don’t need to show it to anyone. It’s your choice. Be brave.
Glue the written side down in your journal. The secret is there- but it’s simmering underneath.
Then on the message side, write a message to the world.
Protected by my bolita shawl, drenched with my tears. – Frida Kahlo
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.