[The most important things are the hardest things to say]

I’m currently working on a web site for an old college buddy (Bret Toth) who now runs a counseling center in the area. Buried in the middle of about a dozen pages of stuff he had typed up for me I ran into the following quote from a Stephen King novel. It’s good stuff, and so true – having never read any of his novels it just never dawned on me that he had this type of writing in them.

“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear.”

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