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It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
-- Ursula K. Le Guin
 

 

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Love with truth

Love is not always nice. Kindness is not always agreeable.

When you care deeply, about yourself or anyone else, a big part of living out that care is with truth. You are not doing a favor to anyone by being dishonest or overly accommodating.

There’s no benefit that comes from supporting negative behavior in your own life or in the people you care about. Love means having the courage to admit what is true and to insist on integrity.

The aim of such love is not to discourage. It is to strengthen.

It is not about preaching or authoritarian control, or guilt or shame. It is about offering challenge, with respect and the highest expectations.

Love is at its most transformative and beneficial when aligned with truth. Give love and kindness based on truth, wherever that truth may lead.

— Ralph Marston

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