Today, I’m not thinking about children who wear masks and costumes one day of the year. I’m thinking about children and adults who feel they must wear masks and costumes every day of the year. They have no one they can trust with their stories, their pain, and maybe even their joy. I’m sad for them and I’m concerned.

Hiding is never healthy.

Look for these children and adults. Maybe they’re silent and trying to be invisible. Maybe they’re inconsistent because they don’t know which side of themselves people will approve of. Maybe they’re way too eager to always please. Maybe they frequently cancel opportunities to get together.

You could be the key that unlocks their pain. Can you be the trustworthy one? Can you let them know you’re safe? Will they take off their masks and costumes and be real with you?

Healing can happen.