Faith and Silence

“Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.”

Elizabeth I said that.

It’s inscribed on my heart, and yet somehow it’s a lesson I keep learning, always for the first time.

Giving away anything to another person – a favorite book, a cherished family recipe, a poem they might never have read – it’s like giving away chunks of your soul.

Don’t do it. Keep it inside. Use it for your own work, don’t let them harvest it for theirs.

Elizabeth also said, “grief is the price we pay for love.” So right, so right she was.

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