The unencumbered heart expresses freely, clear and true, and in harmony with intent, brings clarity to long-forgotten encounters. It may take the better part of a lifetime to understand that all experience is to provide understanding. We may put aside difficult, complex experiences or encounters that seem to fit nowhere with the idea we have of ourselves. But they are ours still to understand, and when we do, we get to put them where they belong in their place in our lives. When they reemerge, not threatening nor menacing as they once may have seemed, they come as a lost friend, a most unexpected and powerful affirmation for our lives.