“How many times have you let your fear of getting hurt or disappointed keep you from love? Love requires all to unpack our fear and pain so those feelings do not interfere with our ability to thrive in connection with others. This process requires a level of bravery, vulnerability, and intimacy that can be scary and deeply uncomfortable, but real love only exists outside of our comfort zone. You can only step into love when you leave your fear behind. To be fearless is to be afraid of something but to do it anyway. Be fearless. Take the first step. Once you choose love, the work to maintain your love begins. The first step in this is conquering your ego. A loving relationship is built on compromise and working with our partner to continuously evolve into our best selves. This is not possible without hard truths, tough conversations, personal growth, and behavioral shifts. The ego does not like any of this. The ego wants us to believe that we are always right and that our way of doing things is always the best way.
Our spirit, on the other hand, knows that the people we love are in our life to challenge us to rise to new levels of consideration and care in all that we do. We cannot truly choose to invest in love while our ego is present, for real love runs on selflessness, and the ego runs on selfishness.”
– Cleo Wade