One more observation from Gordon Livingston:
To know someone fully and love them in spite of, even because of, their imperfections is an act that requires us to recognize and forgive, two very important indicators of emotional maturity. More important is the fact that, if we can do this for other people, we may be able to do it for ourselves.Related posts
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart (New York: Da Capo, 2004), 146
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