There are two kinds of secrets: those we keep from others and [those] we hide from ourselves. (Frank Warren, British sports promoter)

“Cross my heart and hope to die” was a mantra we recited as kids when we promised not to tell a friend’s secret. Fortunately, breaking that pledge does not result in our death, because most of us don’t do well at keeping secrets. Warren continued, “Sometimes when we believe we are keeping a secret, that secret is actually keeping us.” Better to avoid secrets and just be open.

A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence (Proverbs 11:13).