Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Whatever You’re Holding In…Time to Let It Out

I had the pleasure of going out to dinner with a friend of mine last night.  We had a great meal and during dinner we began a conversation about a topic he’s passionate about.  We spent the next hour discussing our views, the possibilities, and just added to the questions we both held about this particular topic.  The evening was fascinating, but most importantly he got to tell me about his passions and expertise.  He was able to share his lifelong experiences revealing his path to date.

When I got home I began thinking about how many of us hold in our thoughts, ideas, or concerns because others may think we’re bizarre, crazy, or uninformed.  What would happen if we all began sharing our stories and there were people around willing to listen to our stories?  How would your life improve if you had someone bear witness to your life and your story?

Research has shown that when we feel heard, understood, and valued for our beliefs our immune function goes up.  This is especially important for those who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-altering illness.  Once we let the cat out of the bag, we begin to attract others who have similar interests or beliefs.  This is reinforced in Kristel Nani’s book, “Sacred Choice”….she discusses what happens when we break with the tribe of our birth and how healing it is to find our tribe of choice.  These are critical decisions we have to make in our lives to improve not only the quality of our lives, but our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

What are you holding in that you haven’t shared with the world?  What do you need to release and give voice to that will make room for your to grow personally and professionally?  Once you release your passion and beliefs I know you’ll begin to attract those who have the same questions/beliefs but have also been concerned about sharing their story.  This is how we build community and having a community strengthens our body, mind, and spirit.  Feeling connected to others with similar beliefs and questions deepens our personal understanding and deepens our commitment to our passion.

Are you looking to delve deeper into your beliefs and expertise?  If so, begin by sharing your thoughts with one person you trust and see how it blossoms!




I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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