Wisdom Wednesday #44 – Secrets

we-all-have-secretsHappy Wednesday. I hope your week is going well. I think I was 15 years old when I began to see the inter-connectivity of humanity. When I was a freshman in high school, I was seen as a student leader and was selected to attend and attended a week long diversity training program.

This program addressed issues of racism, sexism, classism, gender, disability, sexuality, agism and religion i.e. all the ways we use to break down society and separate ourselves. The program created a safe space for people to speak their truths and identify with harsh realities of life from abuse, hunger, homelessness, hate, harsh experiences of being socialized as a boy or a girl etc. That program sparked my interest to be a filmmaker so that I could share stories that brought people together in understanding.

Now that I am older, I have a deeper sense of our inter-connectivity and I feel that our fault as society is to continue to draw lines of division and separation. Many of us have let our Ego’s get the best of us and fail to remember one simple truth…we are all human. Among our division and separation we start to loose sight of even our own humanity and start to feel like no one would possibly understand our plight. Have you every really tried to speak your truth? Or do you choose to keep skeletons in the closet, with your mouth like a steel trapped door suffering in your silence with the continual feeling that you are alone? There are so many secrets in the world and so much suffering as the result of those secrets and pain from experiences that we have had that we never told a soul. Frank Warren the curator of Post Secret said, “Secrets can take many forms, they can be shocking or silly or soul full. They can connect us to our deepest humanity…” It’s wonderful that a website like Post Secret exists to share secrets that make people feel less alone and/or more understood. Imagine a world of total acceptance where post secret didn’t need to exist?

Today’s Wisdom Wednesday is a TedTalk from Frank Warren the curator of Post Secret.