In Others’ Words: To Love at All
Loving someone is a choice.
Vulnerability is a choice.
If you choose to love someone, then you choose to be vulnerable with them.
You open your heart to all the beautiful possibilities:
closeness, acceptance, understanding …
and to all dangerous woundings:
rejection, betrayal, loss.
There have been moments when I’ve asked myself if the cost of loving someone — the price of vulnerability — has been too high. Would it have been wiser, smarter, less painful, if I’d loved less? Maybe I should have chosen to protect my heart, rather than going all in.
But sometimes, to love “at all” is to love all the way — no holding back.
A friend once told me that you do not change what you believe based on other people’s choices. You do not change how you live your life based on how other people respond to you — or if they reject you and what you believe. (I call that friend “Wise Guy” for good reason.)
And loving someone always, always opens the door — opens my heart to the blessing of being embraced physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Of being safe.
Loving someone may cost me. Fine. I am choosing to love others, accepting the very reality that I may be accepted … or rejected. Understood … or rejected.
In Your Words: How do you handle the danger of being vulnerable by choosing to love others?
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