The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realized.

Henri Nouwen (via michaellottner)

I just turned forty. It took decades for me to think, “I deserve to be treated with respect.” I felt like glass constantly shattered the bad parts of me, but for the love of God, would it ever stop? Nope. Just not as severe as it used to be, and I thank the present for this gift.

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