The title of my new book Getting Naked comes from times in my life when emotional nakedness had good results — eventually.
This is what I want for everyone who reads this book: to either remember, or to create positive outcomes from careful self-disclosure NOW in your life. These experiences might be memories of bumps and bruises along your journey, but they no longer need to be painful.
Much of the human experience entails being scarred or scared. Painful life events at various stages can indeed wound us.
Just as scars are visible reminders of an injury or wound we once had, hopefully the pain that accompanied them is gone. But scars are also metaphorical and psychological reminders for those memories, experiences, and challenges that have stretched us to fully experience life as it happens, good or bad, positive or negative, or challenging or inspiring.
And remember, scars are a sign of healing…the wound is no longer open, but a memory attached to it may still need healing.
Our life gives experiences to us. What we make of them is the key, and we don’t have to do it alone. Take what life gives you, learn from it, and move forward with the help of a committed confidante or two.
Someone once said, “Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”
One of my major beliefs for much of my life has been that personal and spiritual development is a process. You can either just let happen and be an observer, or you can be more purposeful in your personal exploration and be a participant in the unfolding or emergence of your being.