“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” ~Philo of Alexandria
After 21 years of self-destructive inner-battles, I finally admitted my biggest secret to myself and to the rest of the world. That day, and the day my son was born, were the two most incredible and wonderful days of my life.
Here on Single Dad Laughing, I started what I call “The Truth Box.” I asked you all to anonymously share a difficult secret that you’ve never told anyone. There were only two sections to fill out on the form. “What everyone thinks is true,” and “what actually is true.” More than five thousand secrets were shared. Every Thursday I share 60 of them here. Completely random and as they came in.
These truths aren’t meant to entertain. They aren’t meant to bring us down, either. They’re just an incredible and poignant (though sometimes heavy) reminder that we all are fighting our own great battles.
The most amazing thing is, when I read these each week, I realize how two things can be true at once. I love these Dan. I hope when you run out, you ask us for more. They remind me to strive for truth even when it's hard, even when I can't, to always strive.
I can appreciate what you all are saying, and I think this is a good thing. However, knowing that so many people cheat and are horrible to their spouses makes me never want to get married.
So sad the lives people are living most hate themselves if they could find Jesus they would have a friend to talk to he already knows you and loves you faults and all he died for you all he wants is for you to trust in him he really does answer prayers all you need to ask and believe in him
#52 - Talk to her!!!! What if she's eying you and too shy? You may be passing up on the best thing that will ever happen to you! Do it! :-)
You know best how to deal with your family but God wants you to be happy, you know it..clap your hands. (I couldn't resist)
@ #59: I feel your pain. I am a SAHM by choice, but get soooo lonely. I have started to substitute at a daycare and I have paired up with 2 other SAHMs (through the kids program at the library) who feel EXACTLY the same way we do. Get out and find others like you! You aren't alone and I was surprised at how easy it was for me to find others in the same boat. Hope I helped...
#21 I respect your honesty and send you my thoughts and prayers, but please resign. The Bible, even if you don't believe in it, your people do and false teachings is wrong. Do you want to take their souls away from the God they believe in just because you don't? Im a gay baptist so I know the struggles with this, but this affects people's souls and if they are truly Christian they will support you resignation. With Love. I wish you the best.
I am grateful for the truth box, because it shows that we are all human, and everyone is facing some challenge, and/or difficult things in our lives, whether they were brought on by our own mistakes or not. This is baggage that is carried around by people every day. I don't feel that The Truth Box is a "Pity Party" for anyone involved. I think recognizing it, owning it, and saying it, (even anonymously), can be the first step to finding who we truly are, who we want to be, and ultimately finding our own true happiness. This is our place to come together as humans to support each other. Not our place to judge.
from reading all these truths from every set of posts it is abundantly clear that religion is messing up alot of people
#1 is confused
#3 is not a nice person
#7 is not a nice person
#8 why wouldn't you tell your wife you have cancer?
#11 why not tell the truth?
#18 why not tell your husband you were a virgin? most men would be beside themselves to know that
\#25 not a nice person
#51 you need to leave him NOW!!!
there are many truths here that are disheartening especially those that were abused in some way...i hope they can find some help
there are also many truths that are self created...i have no sympathy for those people
Thanks Dan :) We all need to feel like we belong and like we're suffering together (and celebrating together, but have Facebook for that!) The Truth box is powerful! I finally shared my truth today...
I am really glad you do this, Dan. We all have secrets that we want to keep hidden and that causes so much anguish inside. We think we are all alone in our struggles, but reading these help to show that no one is perfect and we shouldn't put so much pressure on ourselves thinking that everyone else is doing "so much better".
All these wonderful people need emotional healing. From my experience, don't be afraid to love yourself, when you love yourself, you love life. And life opens up to love you back. It's okay to "lose things/people/a way of life" in a change because what was lost is nothing compared to your bliss and a new adventure. And in time, none of that is really lost to you.
This is a tremendous gift that you offer, here. Secrets keep you sick. Having a safe place to identify & leave a secret can be instrumental in someone recognizing they might need help. Bless you for this!
I am torn reading these... It's nice to know that people struggle with inner truths as everyone does. But my heart breaks for the weight they carry on a daily basis.
There are some secrets which should remain secret. I do NOT tell people everything about me. It's none of their damn business.
I know someone whose secret is factually similar to a few I've seen on here, although I have no way of knowing if that's who it is. I hope, at least, she sees those entries and knows she is not alone.
#9 - i'm a SAHM and i think the world of my kids! I do a lot of volunteer work alongside my own illnesses; but where i fault is evgs in eating whatever whenever.. no limit.. and i NEED to lose weight! But as i'm single - who cares? I guess i'm thinking I should.. but i dont..
#59 really touched my heart. I am a SAHM who loves her children very much, but on so many more days than not they get on my nerves so much that I wish I had a job to go to.
@Steve1212To the original poster: I wouldn't resign just yet. Doubt is a healthy part of faith. If there is a God, maybe he/she/it is using your questions and doubts to lead you to a deeper understanding of God.
You may find these two books helpful (one fiction, one non-fiction):
@Steve1212 I do agree with this.
@Steve1212 couldn't agree more
@monzo Not everything is so black and white. There is a lot about these people you do not know. This post is not about judgement or for sympathy. It is a way to remind people we are not alone. People do not need this judgement from you. Just because they do something that may not be right in your eyes, doesn't mean they are automatically not a nice person.
@monzo Are you a cruel and insensitive person or are you just a know-it-all? Sometimes these things are not as cut and dry as you'd make them out with your rudeness.
@monzo - Those who lack sympathy (or better yet, empathy) often find that no one has any for THEM when they need it. As almost everyone does eventually.
Something to consider the next time you judge so many so harshly.
@Hannah Stewart Not bad - human. Few people truly want to be alone; we're just built that way, mostly.
@Lyuba Allenivna Marchenko No one is making you share, nor read the secrets posts. For some, it helps to share, even anonymously.
@KJR and #59 I am a SAHM and I do choose it, I think it is what I was meant to do, but I am so lonely and isolated and bored I want to cry (and I am right now). I don't find as much meaning as I feel I SHOULD in staying home. I am SICK of doing the dishes and laundry for everybody else and I look forward to ANYTHING that will break the monotony AND give me a chance to be alone. When I find other SAH moms I feel as if they are "all that" and I am not... we have very low income and they are always out doing things and being such poster mothers and sometimes I am just too depressed to want to do anything. On top of it, I am the worst housekeeper ever. My house is the opposite of a model home. I am completely overwhelmed and I sure am here enough to DO IT!
@HarryBaer @monzo I don't think, no, monzo was NOT being UNsympathic but if you read some of the blogs here like I didn't, I know he/she was right on point with the ones he pointed out. I wouldn't have said #1 was confused but I wouldn't have deprived my happiness for the sake of family. And the rest, #s 3, 7, 25 - really?! You called their action okay?! Now with #7 I just don't get it. Why would you do that? That's harassment pure and simple. And with #8, I agree why wouldn't you tell your wife what's going on?! Now THAT is some serious stuff that shouldn't be taken lightly. He needs support! And with #51, he/she was expressing sympathy! If she wants to stay alive she DOES need to leave. A lot I can identify with and some I can't and other I'm like, okay now what?! But Monzo was NOT judging but being realistic with some of the comments here. Talk about judging harshly. Why don't you reread on what was being and why some have answered the way they did before YOU go judging.
@PatrickFarley Truly and wisely said. It's not for us to decide what other people may say. Don't want to read it? Then don't; no one forces anyone to load up this site.
@justme Sometimes it helps to know others are not as perfect as those SAHM's and SAHD's that appear like they have it all together! If you saw my home you'd know you aren't the worst housekeeper ever! LOL! The days that are my worst are days like yesterday that I am cleaning up one huge mess
I think you should read this :)
i also have a daughter that was abused and raped...not by me
i assure you if i knew who it was i would be in jail right now....she chooses not to tell me for just that reason
so there's some real truths
i'm not judging... only by what was stated in these blogs...i'm only stating truths
i have a son that is bipolar/psychophrenic...have you ever had a son that is so distraught that he wants to kill himself and doesn't recognize you when you're standing right in his face?
not everyone deserves sympathy
i judge only by the statements presented to me
i have always lived by "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
so...by theory on these blogs we should feel bad for the person that bullied their neighbor out?why?
i'm callin it...BULLSHIT!!
@KJR The author is one of my favourite bloggers (she's also Dan's current fave so I'm sure he won't mind me "plugging" her). Check out Momastery.com if you're looking for a group of not-perfect moms/parents trying to hold it together by upholding each other. This is another one of her great posts (which deals with being a SAHM), but really, I pretty much drop whatever I'm doing to read what she posts :)
@lngrid Thanks! That was a good read! I am enjoying my Kairos time right now sitting in my son's room listening to his sleepy breathing knowing he will sleep at least another 4 hours before his cold congestion wakes him up again.
@Amyb108 I became a SAHM after I was terminated for being put on medical leave/bed rest 1/2 way into my pregnancy. It started out not being my choice. I sued my employer and now am kind of a pariah in my field. With the recession most companies don't even hire my position anymore. I have to start an entirely new career if I want to work and still be able to afford child care.