Supporting Our “Tissues”
“The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed...The
story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our
jumbled experiences into meaning.
As I told my stories of fear, awakening, struggle, and transformation and had them
received, heard, and validated by other women, I found healing.
I also needed to hear other women's stories in order to see and embrace my own.
Sometimes another woman's story becomes a mirror that shows me a self I haven't
seen before. When I listen to her tell it, her experience quickens and clarifies my own.
Her questions rouse mine. Her conflicts illumine my conflicts. Her resolutions call forth
my hope. Her strengths summon my strengths. All of this can happen even when our
stories and our lives are very different.”
-Sue Monk Kidd