One Sentence To Set You Free from Fear

Have you ever had your world turned upside down by a single sentence?

Have you ever felt someone else’s words unlock a caged place within your heart?

If so, then this story is for you.

It begins with me spending a month in a residential rehab called The Clearing.

I am here for work – I’m a copywriter on The Clearing’s team, writing ebooks and essays – but I am also here for my own healing.

(They tried to make me go to rehab, and I said yes.)

On this particular day in workshop, we are learning about self-forgiveness. We are offering ourselves compassion for our judgments against ourselves and others.

Then The Clearing’s co-founder and CEO Joe Koelzer tells us, almost offhandedly, “Oh, and by the way, you don’t have to worry about asking God for forgiveness.

At this, I cannot help but raise my hand and say, “Wait … you don’t?”

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They Tried to Make Me Go To Rehab, and I Said Yes.

Friends, do you remember back in March when I wrote to you – albeit indirectly – about the blizzard that hit my life?

I’d prefer to keep that crisis vague and metaphorical; it suffices to say that I went through something tough. That’s one reason why I’ve been quieter than usual on the blog this year. (That, and writing a book.)

When I wrote about the hard time, I described it as “a slow-motion train wreck with no end in sight”, and it was. But there was still hope. I just couldn’t see it.

First, I needed to take a trip to rehab … but not for the reasons that you might imagine!

Despite the cheeky post title, no one “tried to make me go to rehab”. I sent myself there, and it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made.

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On Faith, Fears, and Finding Treasure (Break Out the Shovels)

Dear friends,

We’re back! I missed you so much last week (when my husband and I traveled to visit family and celebrated our fourth anniversary) that I just had to make it up to you this week. As such, I have not one, but two guest posts to share with you today.

The first guest post is at Elizabeth Esther’s blog. Esther writes courageously about recovery from fundamentalist religion. I can’t wait to read her forthcoming book, Girl at the End of the World. I’m thrilled (and terrified) to share, “Faith is like Walking into the Deluge…”.

The next guest post is at Write to Done, a site created by Leo Babauta and edited by Mary Jaksch. Write to Done is devoted to helping people become better writers, and I’m honored to be part of that effort through How to Face Your Fears and Write, No Matter What.

Welcome, readers from ElizabethEsther.com and Write to Done! I’m thrilled to welcome you to A Wish Come Clear. Be sure to pick up your free copy of Your Creed of Care: How to Dig for Treasure in People (Without Getting Buried Alive).

Speaking of Your Creed of Care, I received this email (reprinted with permission) from a reader named Kelly:

“Hi Caroline. I love the title of your book and just have to tell you a little story of my own.  My son has Autism. He is twelve. You can fill in the blanks. One day, when I was particularly exasperated after a week of being hit, grabbed and cursed at, my son turned to me and said, ‘Mom, I have a lot of good things in my heart. I just need you to help me dig them out.'”

Here’s to helping each other do just that, today and always.

Love,

Caroline

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