Be honest with yourself and others, always. None of us are as fragile as we sometimes pretend to be. Allow discernment to reveal what is behind the mask.
Be gentle with yourself and others, always. None of us are as invincible as we sometimes pretend to be. Allow grace to reveal what is behind the mask.
We are all hurting—it is part of our human experience. We are also resilient. We have the capacity to handle difficult and uncomfortable truths. In fact, our capacity to listen to the difficult and uncomfortable, sometimes painful truth of another person’s experience is directly proportional to our capacity to experience connection, joy, and intimacy. It’s a package deal, and humanity is not a very tidy package.
If you want connection, joy, and intimacy, increase your capacity for discomfort. I promise you it’s worth it.
Be honest. Be gentle.