“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” ~ Thomas Merton
The greatest gift we can receive from our caregivers is the freedom and encouragement to be who and what we are without apology–through every age of our developing Self. And hopefully, from the moment we were conceived, nurtured through life in the womb, and breathed air outside that womb this was what awaited us.
What though if your childhood and life experiences are painting a different picture of what “being alive” is to look like?
Please consider this idea and invitation:
It is never too late to start living your very own life. It is never too late.
When you know what you do and why you do it and what it does to you it is as if a beam of light is revealing what is hidden from view–and then the healing can begin.
Take it on at whatever age you are.
Take it on.