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July 23, 2005
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In the course of Joan's life she began to experience and feel much pain in her life, to the extent that she felt that she could not stand it any more. One day as she was taking a walk immersed in her inner turmoil she noticed a huge wall and heard a voice on the other side. Joan shouted, "Who is on the other side?" A voice called out, "John !" Joan asked John why was he on the other side of the wall and he replied, "I built it to keep others out, so they would not hurt me anymore>" Before John could say anymore Joan had briskly walked away thinking to herself, "That's what I will do, I will build a wall so that no one can ever hurt me again."

Early the next morning Joan began to construct her wall. It soon became apparent to her that she could build the wall any way that she chose to. She started adding stones to her wall that were different shapes, colors, and sizes. She began to label each one of the stones as anger, resentment, fear, guilt, etc., continuing to build with all of the emotions, attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that would keep others from getting close to her>

Joan had not built her wall high enough, therefore others were able to step over the wall and get close to her, This really upset her. Joan began to work diligently on her wall building it higher and higher so that no one could reach her. She marveled at her creation and felt pride at the size and texture of the stones. She did began to notice that with each added to the wall there was a less light from the sun.

After a period of time Joan began to notice how quiet and lonely it was being behind the wall. She began to notice that the wall was not as pretty as it once was and how it began to look gray and faded out. Every so often someone would throw a beautiful flower over the wall to her. Joan became very sad and began to realize that the very wall that she had built to keep others out had became a prison that she could not escape.

As the days passed Joan became more depressed and desperate. In her desperation she decided to pray. She heard this thunder and a voice spoke out to Joan from the sky, "Joan this is God, I heard your cry." Joan cried out, "Please help me I have become a prisoner of this wall that I created and now I don’t know how to escape."

God went on to explain to Joan that since the wall had been created by her, only she could tear it down. He told her that she could start by removing one stone at a time at her own pace. He stated, "You don’t have to remove a stone until you are ready, and you can remove the ones that are least difficult for you, but remember you can always construct the wall again." God told her that he had been aware of her pain and had sent others who had once been prisoners of their walls to throw flowers of hope over the wall to her. He explained to her that tearing down the wall would entail her facing her fears and taking the risk of letting others into her life. God said, "You will never be alone, I will always be with you. I will put others in your life who will help you as you will help others."

When Joan had became free from the confines of her wall she began to walk the land and every time she came across a wall that someone had built due to fear and pain she would throw a flower of hope to them, remembering that she was not alone nor were they.

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I think...

I think this is THE MOST beautiful thing I've ever read.


July 23, 2005
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Thank you........I cut and pasted this, added purple flowers and a line of support to my severly codependent friend who wants to keep running back into denial. She just called to thank me for the email, thought and prayer sent with it! So I thank you again!

July 23, 2005
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this is very inspirational, and very true. i have done this in my life, and as "Joan" has, i have allowed God, wisdom, and others help me from behind the walls i constructed as well. and, yes it was a prison for me.

for me, i am happy to say that even all of the hurt and loneliness i experienced from building "my" wall, and all of the hurt, i have learned much..and now i too am helping others with their own "walls".

it is true that we create our world, so why not learn as best we can for all that passes our way or from the negative we created, with all of the intellignet and creative attributes we all uniquely have.

thanks for sharing this story.

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