He had a speech impediment,
so it took him a long time to say
what he wanted to share.
I told this story at a speaking engagement. After my talk, a young couple came up to me, and the young man asked to speak to me. He had a speech impediment, so it took him a long time to say what he wanted to share. He said that with his speech problem, he had been the turtle all his life. People made fun of him, criticized him, and avoided him. It was so painful that he put a shell around himself and did not let anyone close to him. He continued: â€śBut I have found a nice warm relationship where it is safe to be myself. It is a relationship where I do not need a wall or shell.â€ť
To come out of our shell, we need a safe and supportive relationship with someone who believes in us and gives us room to grow and develop the potentials that lie within us.
Dr. William E. Austin is a licensed psychotherapist and holds a Doctor of Divinity degree. He is a therapist with Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services . He is well known for his warmth and sense of humor. His book, Creating Our Safe Place - Articles on Healthy Relationships, can be purchased through www.amazon.com.
Tidewater Pastoral Counseling: 623-2700
content updated through trying timesby Terry Young
Our Stories - Unique or Universal?by Jean Loxley-Barnard
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Revisitedby Dr. Bill Austin
A Vision of Youth
Out the Windowby Breonna Loxley
On The Front Porch With You
Friends from times of great changeby Rob Lauer