But it did get worse.

It got worse because I felt pressured to keep quiet. I felt pressure not to address lies publicly. I felt pressured because it seemed like everyone had an agenda to destroy me. To stay in God’s good graces, I felt that I had to be quiet and accept it. Then I really started listening to the words that wounded me. I heard: bitter, petty, unforgiving. Once I realized these were weapons of oppression, I stopped staying silent.

In the Biblical story of Joseph, God promises that what is meant to harm me eventually will be used for my good. So I’m turning this bad thing into a good thing. I’m comforting others, sharing lessons learned, and helping them scale that wall of silence—no matter the cause. Dignity does not lie in silence, so free your truth.

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