Bandaids Don’t Help

I have recently had several people open up to me in ways that they feel quite vulnerable. It reminds me of something I wrote in response to a friend’s email to me soon after he had been fired from a prestigious position at a company, and was at a low point. Several weeks ago, this friendship ended without any explanation, and I found myself feeling the pain of old wounds being ripped open.

How I need to remember to keep my heart open to others who value me in their lives, and stay genuine to who I am. I must not live in fear of rejection.


I am frequently reminded that, when I allow others to see me as I truly am, those who are truly willing and capable of loving me (in spite of myself) will not falter in that emotion.

This does not require perfection, but it means connection as it is truly meant to be.

This weekend, I was able to test that theory, as my intended “relaxing retreat” gave way to dealing with feeling poorly, and a silly (and still mysterious) injury to my knee. Yet, I committed to allowing others to see the authentic me and living in whatever moments were given to me.

All in attendance–participants and staff alike–were instrumental in making it comfortable for me to be true to myself and experience all that life has given to me…Love, laughter, pain, healing, nurturing, and so much more.

I am so grateful to Harmony Hill Retreat Center for giving me…

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