Tag: unconditional love

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Who are you… really?

If I ask you this question, would you tell me your name? What if I asked you, “Who are you beyond your name?” Would you tell me what you do for a living? Who are you beyond your job title? Would you tell me that you are a female/male, father/mother/sister/brother, daughter/son, aunt/uncle, cousin, grandparent, friend, colleague? I want you to dig deeper. Who are you beneath labels? Would you respond that you are a person? Who are you as a person? Think more deeply. Who are YOU? You know what you see when you look in the mirror, but you are much more than a body. Wouldn’t you agree? Would you tell me that you are a personality with your own unique characteristics and traits? Would you say that you are a mind because you think your own thoughts? You are getting closer, but you are much more than that. […]

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Relationships Provide Our Greatest Teachers: Part 3 — Our Children

As I held you in my arms for the first time      and marveled at your tiny perfection,           how was I to know the magnitude of what you would teach me? As I felt my heart fill and open wide,      how was I to imagine what you would teach me            about the depth and breadth of unconditional love? As I felt the enormity of your complete dependence on me,      how was I to know that your trust and belief            would inspire me to become ever more of whom I am meant to be? How was I to know       that as your parent,           you would be my teacher? As I reflect on the lessons I have learned from my relationships, I realize that my […]

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Relationships Provide Our Greatest Teachers: Part Two — Friendships

As I continue my reflections about the teachers who taught me my greatest lessons, my thoughts turn to my dearest friends. Their lessons have come wrapped in shoulders to cry on, arms to hold me, ears to listen, lips to affirm and witness, and hearts to care and believe in me until I was ready to believe in myself. Think about who comes to mind as you read. Consider the lessons your friends have taught you and reflect on their meaning in your life. What priceless lessons have I learned from my friends? They have extended my definition of family from the one I was born into to a more expanded version composed of those who have held me up, believed in me during my darkest days, and given me the strength to stand on my own. They are the champions who celebrated each step I made forward, who cheered me […]

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