“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
To all who have been placed in my life, God has used you to serve a special purpose to which through the crossing of our paths you brought me to where I am, and I am eternally greatful for the lessons you have taught me. This is for you, for those past, present and future family members and friends who are known or unknown.
Thank you for:
- Loving me when I am selfish,
- Loving me at my worst,
- Loving me when I am unable to see my self-worth,
- Loving me when I hurt you with my self-distructive actions and words,
- Loving me when I take you for granted,
- Loving me when I give to others and forget to care for myself,
- Loving me enough to be brutally honest at the risk of me stubbroningly walking away,
- Loving me enough by unceasingly praying for me,
- When you continuously believe in my abilities despite my negative assertions,
- When you have carried me to the other side of a relapse,
- When you have celebrated with me the big and little successes of life,
- When you have served your purpose in my life, whether for a reason or brief season, and gracefully took your exit despite my unwillingness to let you go,
- Loving me enough to not just accept who I am, you challenged
me to become a better all-around person.
If it were not for you and these prescious priceless gifts, I would not be able to appreciate where I have been, where I am now, and finally where I want to go.
“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.
Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.” Henri J.M. Nouwen
Until next time,