Don’t put the only keys to your growth and happiness in someone else’s pocket.
Relationships are not about authority and obedience; they’re agreements of love and respect.
When it is present in our lives we feel happier, more optimistic and fulfilled. Don’t let someone scare you out of failing forward. Live a life that sizzles and pops and makes you laugh out loud every day. For love doesn’t close the door on happiness and liberty. Likewise, if someone expects you to be someone you’re not, take a step back.
Without it, we become angry, cynical, resentful people, critical of ourselves and others, effectively squashing the greatness that exists in us, and diminishing our own light. Because you don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that your life is a collection of meetings and “someday’s” and errands and receipts and empty promises. It’s wiser to lose relationships over being who you are, than to keep them intact by pretending to be someone else.
The vegetable was buttered broccoli and the mother asked if she liked it. ” But when the bowl of broccoli was passed, she declined to take any. The Corinthian church was emphasizing a good thing, spiritual gifts, to the neglect of the best. Paul makes the point that the use of their God-given gifts would amount to nothing if the Corinthians did not make love their priority. These verses are the most eloquent and profound words ever written on the subject of love.
There must be compromise and the space to do what’s right for you, even if someone you care about disagrees. Listen to loved ones, but don’t lose track of your inner voice in the process.
The guy was really sweet and gave it back to me for free, on the condition that I join him on his front porch for an hour and play guitar with him.
He grabbed a second guitar and we ended up sitting there on his porch for the rest of the afternoon playing music, talking, and laughing.
So remember to listen without defending, and speak without offending.
Communication isn’t just an important part of a relationship, it is the relationship. To live a great life, you must lose your fear of being wrong.