People tell Frank Warren their secrets. All Frank does is ask for them. Frank has been collecting secrets for the past four years and to date, has collected more than 200,000.
On April 26, I wrote of going to hear Frank, the author of four PostSecret books. Listening to him speak about PostSecret and meeting him afterward showed me how big his heart is. It showed me how genuinely serious he is about collecting secrets and “protecting” them. You might think the word “protecting” doesn’t apply, after all he has published four books and posts 20 postcards on his PostSecret.com website weekly ( 20 of approx. 1,000). By protecting, I mean he doesn’t allow himself to be in situations where the secrets or the process can be ridiculed, for instance he choose not to be interviewed on the David Letterman show, for that very reason.
Think about your secrets. It can be a difficult thing to do, particularly if you consider yourself to be honest, forthright, honest, direct, and again, honest. We all carry stories with us, memories of humiliation from grade school, embarrassing moments, and then our more serious and even debilitating secrets. By simply sending him a postcard, Frank gives everyone an opportunity to voice those secrets, create momentum that moves a person in the direction of healing.
The presentation ended with the lights dimmed and Frank giving audience members the opportunity to share their secrets. I sat there thinking “there is no way anyone would do that” and was I wrong. Often heartbreaking and sometimes hysterically humorous, the audience members bravely shared their secrets with us. While getting my books signed, I tried to thank Frank for all he has done. My guess is, he hears this all the time. I think I’ll tell him in a postcard.