When You Pass It On


People tell me their secrets.

Then wonder why I am in turmoil.



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34 thoughts on “When You Pass It On

  1. Well, yes! How can they think it won’t affect you? I hope you are okay!


  2. lbeth1950 says:

    Spans so said……….., but don’t say I told you.


  3. It’s hard to be a bottomless pit😘


  4. Right, sometimes we’re just better off not knowing!


  5. Val Boyko says:

    This is so hard. I know. Detaching from those stories and not taking them on as our own is not easy to do, but must be done for our own wholeness.
    I think of a pediatric ICU nurse and how she must learn to protect herself in order to do her work and live a happy life. It is the same, although perhaps not so heart breaking, for many of us.


  6. April says:

    compartmentalizing is so tough.


  7. *sigh* Secrets weigh heavy. A responsibility never taken lightly.
    Love your shadow people. Been missing them. Need more because they are soo delightful.
    Happy Valentine’s, Colleen. ❤ ❤


  8. Sending you a loving cyber heart/emotion vacuum cleaner with a special attachment to remove others’ secrets. Happy ❤ day to you sweet friend.


  9. ksbeth says:

    it’s very hard -hugs )


  10. russtowne says:

    I love the saying: “How can they expect me to keep their secret when they couldn’t keep it?” ;-D!


  11. niaaeryn says:

    Sometimes that is the way of it. Reminds me of Midas’ wife who told her husband’s secret to a stream just to get it out. Secrets are hard things for everyone…and regrettably at times necessary.


  12. reocochran says:

    People trust you, Colleen, to keep their secrets. If there is something you feel not willing to keep the secret, if the information seems important to let someone know, this would create turmoil in my mind and emotions, too. I have gone back to people and said, “You need to tell a professional/parent/spouse or pastor. . . This is too serious a secret to not share with those who need to know.” (Examples: cancer, pregnancy or laws broken.)


    • Yes, I am good about saying these things as well Robin. This post was evoked from a passing thought. My friends are wonderful. The purpose of this post was to diagram the thought/idea I had. I’m lucky to not have this situation very often in life. I have had it, but not often.


  13. Trust and kindness are essential Colleen, and I think it is who you are in this world to so many who need you. Aren’t they jolly lucky. Although it is such a balancing act to hold a confidence for someone and let it go.


    • Awwww MM, you are so good to me. 🙂 Jolly lucky seems to be a pretty good thing, it’s I, who actually feels that.

      Secrets can cause anguish, just knowing something someone else is dealing with can hurt. And on the flipside of that. Just knowing someone else is listening, helps too.


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