Refreshing In Its Honesty

I love…
…watching you interact with others when you don’t know I’m watching. Seeing you talk, laugh, tear up and share with those you trust is refreshing in its honesty.

From “No Man is an Island” by Thomas Merton
The beginning of love
is the will to let those we love
be perfectly themselves,
the resolution not to twist them
to fit our own image.
If in loving them
we do not love
what they are, but only
their potential likeness to ourselves,
then we do not love them:
we only love the reflection
of ourselves we find in them