new year wish for you | foreword by stephen king

by michelle on January 2, 2012

From Stephen King, “Different Seasons,” ‘The Body’

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things that you get ashamed of, because words diminish them— words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think, when the secret stays locked within—not for want of a teller— but for want of an understanding ear.

Here’s what I wish for you this new year:

An understanding ear.
The feeling of being known.
The feeling of being home.
The feeling of being whole.

With or without your New Year Resolutions.

Cheers, love, and happy 2012.

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Jessica January 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Amen sister. And right back at you.

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Tami -- Teacher Goes Back to School January 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

An understanding ear. – yes
The feeling of being known. – yes
The feeling of being home. – yes
The feeling of being whole – yes.

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Jenna January 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

So glad you shared this because it really resonated with me in class. I have experienced this a lot lately– speaking, not being able to find words to express my thoughts, and knowing the other person is not getting me. I guess that’s part of the reason we like to write– we can think of ways to say things better than when we are in the rush of speaking.
You know, The Body was my favorite book (short story, I guess) when I was young. I read it over and over again, but I didn’t recognize that this was from that book.

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Robert Webster January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

“…An understanding ear.
The feeling of being known.
The feeling of being home.
The feeling of being whole….”

All of which I experienced this past year before class, during class, after class, during the Enrichment Series, and why I stay at IAY.

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Mel January 5, 2012 at 8:32 am

I’ve been offline for some time and am catching up… Sending love, peace to you. I do not know you in person, but you create a loving, supportive environment here and your presence online is a gift. Wishing you that same beautiful blessing for 2012.

‘or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it’. I almost cried reading it too. Thank you for sharing that. Stephen King, I had no idea.

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