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Messy, Messy, Messy and More Messy: That’s Life, So Expect It

Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind

When you taste a measure of being able to love and enjoy the people in your life, without having to have any particular response from them, you are tasting bliss. Paula Rinehart

Love this quote so much that I started off one of the chapters in our book, Burdens Do a Body Good, with it.

I’ve pondered this quote quite a bit too…wondering how to engage other people in relationships that grow without having expectations from them.

Is it even possible?

On the one hand, it is right and proper to expect certain things from people close to us.

Mutual respect.
Courtesy.
Kindness.
Unselfishness.

On the other hand, it is also just as important to expect that the people close to us will fail us. Because they will.

Unconsciously or consciously (or both)…every relationship is necessarily flawed.

Which always reminds me of one of Paul…

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