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  • Christmas Times In The Washington Home

    Dear Mom, Dad, Brother & Sisters 
    I cherish every good time we had (And still have) together. But when December came around during my childhood, it was always an exciting time. I’ll never forget helping you all put up the Christmas trees. We always had a big tree in that trailer! It was a lot of fun looking at those beautiful Christmas lights in…read more

    Gerald
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  • My grandparents filled my heart with love.

    Dear Grandma Urdang and Grandpa Urdang,
    Growing up Mom and Dad took me almost every weekend to visit you in Greenich Village. We either drove into the city or in later years came down the palisade parkway to visit you on the very cool west 4 th street in the west village. You lived in a 100 year old nyc city historic landmark apartment…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • Shelley,

      Hearing you say words in Yiddish last night brought out such a great memory. Years ago when I worked for the local newspaper I ate breakfast and some days lunch at local deli, Kravitz deli. The memories I have from there are endless. So much history was talked about there and a lot of people would say words I didn’t understand at the…read more

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  • My Favorite Childhood Memories

    Dear Mom and Dad,

    When I was a child, we went on trips to Disney World, Aruba, California, and Vermont. We went to zoos and parks and all sorts of places. I played soccer worldwide, as we traveled as far as Italy to compete. While each of those memories is special, one of my favorite memories growing up is a bit simpler.

    Every day from first…read more

    Lauren
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    • Lauren,

      Car rides are such a big thing for me. It is during a car ride where a lot of people see the person I am without all of the clouds blocking the way. The car holds for me one of the few places that I feel confident enough to show who I am at the ground level. Often confused for a concert hall, or a Broadway theater is my car. Singing songs…read more

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  • The literal missing puzzle piece

    My Zeusy,

    When I was a baby, I was born into a home where my best friend lived. However hard times made us leave our home and when we moved my best friend ran away. I always yearned for a new best friend but lost hope throughout life.

    When I was 30, I found out I was pregnant with my son. It was a world wind of emotions since a few years prior…read more

    AL Gonzalez
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    • Awww you must know I love dogs. This is so sweet. Zeus sounds absolutely AMAZING. I am so glad he found you and you found him. What a sweet and beautiful letter to your baby boy. -Lauren

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  • A simple compliment can go a long way

    When I first started my career as a pharmaceutical sales rep i was not very confident. I had just finished my masters in psychological counseling. But at the completion of that degree I decided to take a different route. Mu first position in pharmaceuticals was with Mead Johnson. You were my very first manager. As a pharmaceutical sales person it…read more

    Shelley
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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 week, 1 day ago

    A Message For My 1st Abuser

    The following is a poem entitled “Loudly Voiceless!” and has been written as Slam Poetry. This poem is not just to my abuser but to all abusers near and far. More importantly this is an empowerment to all the victims out there. Never forget – you’re NOT broken, you ARE healing. Become a survivor you deserve it more than you will ever…read more

    Antoinette Lucila Gonzalez
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    • Dear Antoinette,
      Your poem is so touching and truthful. I am sorry you had to go thru so much abuse, trauma and sadness as such a young person, I am very happy your life is now on the right track and you are with a good man in a healthy relationship. I wish you all the best together.

      Best regards,
      Shelley

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    • OMG! WOW! Antoinette! This is soo good. You really give powerful insight on what it’s like to be a victim, and also how you persevere through such trauma. This poem is incredibly and so deep and so empowering. I am sorry for what you went through but I am beyond inspired by all that you are. Keep shining. Keep pushing forward. Keep showing your…read more

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  • Compliments

    Nursing students tend to complain about how nursing school is academically hard and stressful. One thing they may leave out is how degrading many nursing instructors can be on one’s performance in clinical – or just in general. My clinical instructor broke the mentally degrading stigma nursing instructors tend to have during my med-surg III…read more

    Emily
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    • It’s so amazing the power that comes from someone believing in us. I am sure she is so proud of the work you are doing and I am sure she is super happy that her words do and will continue to help protect you from people who are mean, jealous or simply out to hurt you. Keep shining and keep helping people <3 Lauren

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    • Salutations,
      The power words can hold is astonishing, especially in negative situations. I’m glad that it was a positive outcome for you, and you remembered it in a crucial time that was needed.
      Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing more stories from you.

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  • To my ninth-grade guidance counselor at Suffern High School

    To my ninth-grade guidance counselor,

    We met when I was 13 years old, a young freshman at Suffern High School. You were assigned to be my guidance counselor because my last name started with a “B.” The truth is, I don’t remember much about our interactions. Embarrassingly, I am not even sure of your name (I think your last name started with…read more

    Lauren Brill
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  • Telina shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 week, 5 days ago

    Girl Finding Her Heart

    Dear Unsealers,

    Tonight I found myself missing the past, a version of me that I no longer am anyomore. From the cocoon came the butterfly, and she is who I am when I let go. When I stop trying to control everything around me and allow life to flow. I was crying because she has been there all along. It hurt to know that I neglected her for so…read more

    The Butterfly
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    • When you google “Is crying good for you?” The first thing that comes up is, “Researchers have established that crying releases oxytocin and endogenous opioids, also known as endorphins. These feel-good chemicals help ease both physical and emotional pain.”

      Crying is a release and a healthy one at that. It does not mean you are weak, or anything…read more

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  • Telina shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks ago

    Infinite Memory

    The golden light embedded itself in my chest.
    It engulfed my heart in its grasp.
    It spread to the rest of my vessel.
    So this is what healing was like.
    It was like a rainbow after a storm ravishing the world and then sprouting from one side to another.
    All rays of light shining beautiful and bright colors.
    Pure bliss in its true form…read more

    Telina Lucero
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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Mirror Mirror

    Every day I look in the mirror but rarely do I see my reflection
    Instead I just see the reason I often garner men’s affection

    In the mirror I can see the scar on my face but I miss the imperfections in my actions
    Instead I just see big brown eyes, long brown hair and stare with satisfaction

    In the mirror I look myself in the eye but n…read more

    Lauren
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  • To my younger and less wise self

    A letter to younger Jim,

    Ahh yes…writing to myself as a youngster.  So many good times, but yet, the main thing I want to do is grab you and shake you and say “cmon man! get in the game!” lol. More on that in a bit. But moving on. I remember you being pretty shy in your high school days. Not always. But painfully shy in some instances. On the…read more

    Jim
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    • Jim, you’ve shared before about coming out of your shell. And I am so glad you did or you probably wouldn’t even be a part of The Unsealed. I am glad your confidence has grown and you’ve become more outgoing. Your a great person and the more people you interact with the better. 🙂 Thank you for sharing ! -Lauren

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    • Amazing story Jim. I know sometimes shyness can be nerve-racking. especially when it comes to sports that you truly like. I’m glad you ended up coming out of your shell a bit more as you grew older. I myself wasn’t really a shy person but I was pretty shy when it came to performing like what if I mess up type stuff. I think it’s a natural thing…read more

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      • Hi Kayjah. Thanks so much for the kind words. Funny thing is, sports was the place I Felt the most comfortable actually. Especially on the baseball field. And it was the unknown that made me uncomfortable. Like people I didn’t know. That’s when I was the most shy. Performing? What kind of performing do you do? Thanks again for the kind words. By…read more

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    • Jim I was so clumsy in high school (even in basketball). It made me so worried I’d do something embarrassing that I was so serious and didn’t get to have the fun that I wanted. Somewhere along the way, I realized the worst anyone could do was laugh at me so I started finding what I thought embarrassing funny. It helped me relax a lot and realize…read more

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      • Hi Jael. Nice to meet you. Thank you for the kind words too. Funny thing is on the basketball court and on the baseball field was where I was the most comfortable. And I wasn’t brutally shy, it was only around situation that I wasn’t familiar with. If I was around people in my comfort zone I wasn’t as shy. The unknown was what got to me. that’…read more

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  • Dear Little Telina

    Dear Little Telina,

    Don’t be so hard on yourself or push people away because of fear of getting hurt. Don’t allow others to make you doubt how beautiful and strong you are. I know at such a young age you had to be strong on your own, but just know there are so many people who love you as you are, without the masks or people pleasing. I know tha…read more

    An older wiser version of you
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    • Telina, this letter is sweet. I agree with you. You should always follow your heart. Your strong will not only allow you to do so but also allow you to find joy along the way. Thank you for sharing your letter to your younger self. Stay strong. Keep being you! I love love love reading all of your letters. <3 Lauren

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    • Your letter is so beautiful. Looking back on our past we always put extra pressure on other cells when we were younger because of how we see the world now and how such an innocent face can lead to hidden destruction. Younger you would be so proud of where you are today. Always writing amazing letters and inspiring many people including me keep up…read more

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    • Telina I love your name its so unique! Also I love how your first paragraph is full of so many life lessons in just a few words. Learning that we don;t need to be accepted by society to be happy, that we don’t need to worry ourselves about what others think of us. I resonate with these so very heavily, especially the masking and people-pleasing.…read more

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  • Jamie E. shared a letter in the Group logo of Current EventsCurrent Events group 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    The Tournament of Life

    As we are here at the US Open Finals weekend, I can’t help but see the similarities of the path through the bracket as it pertains to life in general. When you are born into this world where you land isn’t up to you. You could be seeded anywhere in life. Few are placed in top seeded environments while some others do get seeded but they’re somew…read more

    Jamie Ellifritz
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  • Antoinette Gonzalez shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Just You and Me

    Little one hear my plea!
    I know your young;
    but work with me
    I will make mistakes
    I am not perfect
    I am in this not alone;
    But with you
    It’s really just me & you!
    I will wipe your tears
    I will kiss your booboos
    I will be your friend
    I will be your foe!

    Little one hear my plea!
    In this world;
    It’s just you & me!
    I am going to fall
    I will cry…read more

    AL Gonzalez
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    • Loved your poem, Al. Your love for your daughter is felt strongly through your words. She’s blessed to have a mom like you who wants to see her do well throughout her life. The part about you getting tired & old is so sad, but it’ll be a reality one day. But hopefully, that part of life is a long way off and you will have lots of great with your…

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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 4 weeks ago

    Alchemy

    what gives me strength? Incredible women and men who came before me and rescued the world.

    Alchemy

    Women and men walk in time before me, shining in their aged raiment
    as if the rain no longer falls, and the sun, newly emerged from clouds,
    is piercing through the late afternoon air.
    It gleams, reflected from their yellow slickers.

    Each one is…read more

    Kit Minden
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  • jenawrites shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month ago

    We’ll Be a Dream

    As most young children, I had many different dreams for my future. For a while I was completely set on being a princess. I mean, who doesn’t want that true love that’s portrayed in all of the Disney movies? Over time I ditched the glitz and glamour dream for one a bit more adventurous: I wanted to be a spy! As expected, I didn’t end up pursu…read more

    Jena
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    • Wow! Jena this is so real. This is so powerful and this is so well written. I am sorry that you grew up in such a toxic environment but I give you a ton of credit for figuring out what you needed to do to heal, to create healthier relationships in your life than the ones you witnessed growing up, and to create home that is filled with love and…read more

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      • Thank you so much for your feedback! I am glad that I was effectively able to get my message across while being my authentic self, and I could show the love we have! I am so blessed do have started on this healing journey and only hope that this gets out to anyone who is struggling with mental health! Thanks again and I am so happy to be here!

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    • Jena,

      This letter resonates deeply inside of me. I grew up in somewhat similar circumstances.

      I felt this deep in my heart as my journey is very much like yours. My first counselor overly relied on medications and in the end I developed an addiction to Ativan. Battling that addiction was one of the toughest things I’ve ever encountered. When…read more

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      • Roger, I appreciate this and you so much! I am so happy to hear that you’re working through past traumas and working to be your best self! Life definitely has it’s challenges, but having good support and resources is so nice. I am glad I joined a community full of accepting people and I am touched by your words. I look forward to reading your pos…read more

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    • Hi Jena,
      Your letter is very powerful. I understand how painful it must have been to live with 2 alcoholic parents. No child should have to be exposed to that toxicity. The upside of your journey is that you have gotten the help you needed and you have a vision for a healthy and stable life for yourself. Congratulations on doing the work…read more

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      • Thank you for your kind words, Shelley! I love my parents and luckily today I do have a good relationship with both of them, and it definitely has to do with boundaries that I have set for myself. I do feel like everything happens for a reason, and we can all try to see the good in bad situations; like you said, I was able to get the help I…read more

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    • Amazing letter! I’m glad that mental health is being talked about on social media, especially since it’s also the app that leads many into mental health problems. They are being judged and judging themselves because of it. We need to let people know It’s time to stop judging yourself and start loving yourself. It’s okay to go to therapy, it’…read more

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      • I agree 100%, Kayjuh! Now that more research is coming
        out on the effects of social media, it makes me want to learn and spread more information about it! I found myself a lot happier once I limited my social media accounts (I deleted twitter a couple years ago, and I dont go on Facebook anymore). It’s so important for us to pay attention to w…read more

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    • Hi Jena,

      I got lost in your words because they were so incredible. Like yourself, I fell in love with Psychology. Reading my sister’s school books made me get into it. It was fascinating learning why humans make the decisions that we make. I also learned that I never wanted a career in Psychology either after a few years of studying it. It’s a…read more

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      • Hello Gerald,

        Thank you for being so kind! Yeah, I knew that I didn’t want to be anyone’s therapist, because I knew I needed one of my own. In the past I’d often say to myself “how am I going to help others when I can’t even help myself.” I am blessed to say that I have abandoned that mindset, as I realized that I actually can help myself. I…read more

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        • You’re welcome, Jena! I hear you. I had those same thoughts when I was studying to be a life coach. I can’t guide others when I still need to guide myself. I’m glad I learned that I didn’t want to be a life coach. I love your passion for mental health! You’re welcome btw. I’m glad I saw your letter, and thank you for the well-wishes!

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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 month ago

    The Professor

    The Professor

    Come in, come in, don’t hesitate,
    the professor said, his chair a-spin,
    rising up to greet her with his grin askew,
    we’ve work to do, things to teach,
    things to learn,

    He thinks “while I burn in ardor
    for your young and rosy cunt,
    to suck you dry,
    drain me deep.”

    He takes the leap across the room,
    grabs her hard,…read more

    Kit Minden
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  • Alexandra Mazzola shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month ago

    One Opportunity Can Open Many Doors

    Imagine a world where you developed the confidence and positive mindset that you CAN achieve ANYTHING you put your mind to, and just give it a try and go do it!
    Don’t fear that your weakness or negative mindset will take over.
    You may be completely shocked by the outcomes, but here’s the truth:
    You’ve had this positive mindset and confi…read more

    Alexandra Lee Mazzola
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    • Alex your letter is truly amazing! We should never give up on our goals, and always remember it is never too late to chase our dreams. If you ever feel like you’re stuck, remember that it takes a lot of courage to always push forward and not back down. The same strength it takes to strive for something new, is the same strength it takes to stay…read more

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      • Hi, Kayjah!!
        Aw thank you so much for your kind words!! That means a lot to me. I needed to hear and read that this morning, so I appreciate you for commenting this on my letter!! I cannot wait until I am able to keep up with my artistic journey and balance it with everything else that is going on, so I can truly thrive in life!! There is so much…read more

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    • Allie,

      Your letter is amazing. As is that incredible painting you have done. I have something in mind for you to paint if you are willing. I am sure that after a lot of hard work that you need a little break from something that big.

      Whenever you are ready let me know and I will give you more info. I would love a painting done of a photo I took a…read more

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      • Thank you so much, Roger!!! Everyone I met and continue to meet here through this platform and through Lauren and the Unsealed has truly made me so grateful and blessed. To be able to receive all your kind words and feel a sense of confidence to continue with my art and spreading inspiration is truly rewarding for me as well. Love you all!!

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    • Great letter, Alexandra. It seems like a lot of us have a lot of doubt that keeps us from seeing the greatness we have within. I’m glad you’re starting to overcome the negative mindset and doubt that you felt. It’s a hard road to drive, but with practice, the road gets smoother for us.
      Your paintings are amazing btw! You got mad talent!

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      • Aww thank you so much!! That means a lot to me. I’m glad I am also helping to inspire others. You have such great wisdom as well and It makes me happy that you found this site and Lauren as well!! This is truly a great platform. I for one couldn’t be any happier I found this as well!

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        • You’re welcome!! I’m glad it meant a lot to you. I appreciate the kind comment. I just share what I think could help others (like what you and others do here on The Unsealed). I’m happy I found this site and Lauren too!!! I still can’t believe I know someone who used to be a sportscaster! How wild is that?!? I agree with you, this is an amazing…read more

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month ago

    My motivation

    As far as a childhood dream, there was always baseball player or basketball player. Things like that. But at about the same time I realized those were far fetched, I realized that all I really wanted was to emulate my parents and make them as proud of me as possible. I realized that nothing would be more important. Seeing how they took care of me…read more

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    • James I am glad that you didn’t give up on your why. Your parents helped you build this and your letter of how you kept pushing will help me as long as I keep pushing forward. The only thing that’s changed is that now, instead of being lost in the woods, I, like you, have in a way, a map to guide me. Your letter is an eye opener.

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      • Jim replied 4 weeks ago

        Hi Kayjah. Wow. Thank you for the very kind words. I’m glad that my letter had a positive impact on you. That means a whole bunch. Yeah we had a simple household, but a very fun one. Dad worked hard at Chrysler. We never were without anything. They were tough. But very fair. Their wisdom will be with me through the years. Thanks again for r…read more

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