Yesterday, six brave year 9 writers from Hume Central Secondary College used words to enter their pasts and explore their present. They read, they wrote and found the courage to share themselves with each other. I was moved by their honesty but what resonated most was the cocoon of trust that enveloped the room. They embraced each other with words and did not compromise their truth which pulsed in laughter and tears. As one participant said, “I saw different sides to people, it shows how similar everyone is.” Yesterday, I heard the courageous voices of our society who made me realise that words are best heard when you listen with your heart.