Let someone love you, just the way you are — as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all of the parts of you that are broken out of fear that someone is incapable of loving what is less than perfect is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering through a broken window and illuminating a dark room.

~Marc Hack

I don’t know who Marc Hack is, but this makes a heck of a lot of sense to me.

And, while you’re at it, love yourself at least a little too.


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  1. I’m not sure that Marc was the first to say this, but I agree. But on reflection, I’m thinking that people who tend not to see the light coming through the crack actually need to first work out why it is that they’re “visually” impaired. That is, they need to work out why they are taking this view of themselves. Presumably they would then see that they have acquired a distorted perspective from some (childhood?) emotional experience and they would then be able to discard that perspective. But I reckon you can’t start loving yourself until you have found out and consciously rejected the troubling source of your self image. Maybe….?

    • I’ve just written a long reply and then deleted it.

      Just reject the troubling sources no matter if you know what they are or understand their impact, accept yourself in all of your beautiful, human flaws, try every day to be a good person, and, if someone says that they love you, believe them. And take a little tiny piece of it to store away in a corner of your heart, and let that be you loving you as well.

      I’m sorry about your mother’s struggles. It’s a difficult time. It doesn’t help, really, to know that this is all part of the inevitable; just hold her hand when you can and let her hold yours.

      And remember — there is a crack in EVERYthing. That’s how the light gets in.

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