We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the Human Spirit. – E. E. Cummings

This is why being conscious, available for true intimacy, and willing to love honestly and deeply is such a game-changer. In parenting, friendship, or in love, we have the power to be changed and to change those we love. It takes courage to show up this way — and courage to receive this kind of love. We are changed within our relationships — that’s the rule. The question is: will you allow yourself to be changed by love? Are you willing to love and be loved courageously?