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"I admire you Suzanne, because you put yourself out there every day in your column. You just open right up and say what you're really thinking. I'm amazed. I'd be afraid to do that."
I thanked the book club reader for the compliment, but assured her I wasn't always as brave as I appeared.
Because every now and then when I finish writing a column, and it's time to hit the "send" key, I'm nervous, wondering if I've shared too much or maybe I've stepped over some final line? I don't know if there really are unspoken limits, but what I do know, is that years ago when I changed the style of my column and wasn't afraid to open up, that's when readers started opening up to me, too.
My belief is that people should talk about what they're afraid of, so I do. It's easy to cut yourself off before you get to the "good stuff," to share what's really in your heart. People do it every day. They stop short before they say the words that might make them cry or feel a reprieve from a burden they've been carrying far too long. But I've discovered when the words get stuck in my throat or bring tears to my eyes, those are the very words the--"good stuff"--that I desperately need to write and to share.
So, step right up, take a deep breath and tell somebody what's on your mind and in your heart. Yes, you may find yourself feeling fearful and thinking, 'Oh no, I've let them see the real me. What happens now?'
It's true, I don't know for certain what will happen to you, but I assure you nothing bad has ever happened to me. Going through life with things unsaid, or dreams interrupted because of fear, is not the way it was meant to be.
So go ahead. Wrap your arms around the "good stuff."
* Congratulations to Hillary H., Sherie B., Shirley C. and Richie O., all winners of a Starbucks gift card.
And the lucky winners of The Good Lie by recent Guest Columnist, D.F. Bailey are: Marian W., Mary R., Becky H., Jennifer J. and Marci V.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
* This month's Penguin Classics book THE HOUSE OF ULLOA by Emilia Pardo. Start reading now and don't forget to enter the drawing for your chance to win a Penguin Totebag: http://www.supportlibrary.com/bc/v.cfm?L=drclassqqxqQ1AFEF39295A&c=CLASSICS
AUTHORBUZZ: CRIMSON TWILIGHT (Fiction) by Heather Graham
Jane Everett and Sloan Trent first meet during a wicked season of murder at an old theater in Arizona reminiscent of the Bird Cage. For this story I have chosen a castle in New England--there's just something about a castle... So many things can go wrong at a wedding. What with dresses, a wedding party, nervous brides, nervous grooms, bad caterers, and so on. But what could be worse than the minister--dead on the morning of the nuptials?
Go to: http://authorbuzz.com/dearreader click on CRIMSON TWILIGHT to read more and to email author Heather Graham, you'll get a reply.