"Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a ... load of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but... that is what matters."
- Dave Eggers
A while ago my mom confided how uncomfortable she felt when a friend was revealing the negative traits of a mutual friend. Things my mom did not know. I couldn't help but think about my own stuff and the consequences if the world, my neighbors, my friends only knew of what I struggled with, my mistakes and failures, and nothing else. No doubt those qualities would send everyone running. (Sheesh, even I want to run from them sometimes). Negative traits....I've got 'em. We all do, but it is hardly the entire package of a person. Don't we all want to be loved and accepted even though?
Oh please, love me even though.