Privacy and Secrecy

tim-mossholder-174907There’s a difference between privacy and secrecy.

Privacy involves respect. Secrecy involves hiding. Secrecy keeps something in the dark or refuses to see the truth. Privacy is based in reality and truth, looking with eyes wide open but with an appropriate response.

Privacy discerns. Secrecy disguises and disfigures.

Privacy invites healing, often with accountability. Secrecy invites rationalization, compartmentalization, and isolation.

If you can’t tell the difference or think both are justifiable, you might want to open a door or two. Or start with a window. Or simply open your eyes, ears, and heart.

Honesty and openness and a willingness to grow aren’t easy or comfortable, but the healing they invite is worth the sacrifice.

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