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Sometimes there are secrets you dare not even confess to the closet person(s) in your life. A few years ago I was given the book Post Secret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives, which is a compilation of homemade post cards sent anonymously from people all over the country (world?) to project creator Frank Warren, declaring their innermost secret. The book from what I remember became a semi-sensation and a few more books subsequently followed.

The site postscret.blogspot.com is an on-going extension of the just mentioned publications. Each week "Sunday Secrets" debuts another set of honest admissions and it's a can't miss update I look forward to.

I think this is an incredibly powerful idea, and not because it's different or artistic or cutting edge, but because it has created an outlet for so many people, people that clearly have no other way to purge the experiences or thoughts that shouldn't ever be said or felt. It's got to be very liberating and even if it does not erase or change something "bad" within you it's possibly not as binding as it once was. And it's so relatable, maybe not in the particulars, but no matter who you are or where you are from there is something that may eat away at you, that makes you imperfect or damaged in a way that is not as unique as it might sometimes seem. There is comfort in knowing you are not alone even if the bond that soothes is a faceless ugly truth.