Look to those who love you and have your best interests at heart, and let them in. Let them see you–the unfiltered you; the one without the mask; the one who is hurting; the one who is rejoicing. Lower your walls for them. Invite them in.
Those who love you–they want all of you, brokenness and all. Those who love you–they want the true you, not the one that hides behind false smiles and says, “I’m fine.”
The greatest gift you can give your loved ones is the gift of your true self, unhidden.
The greatest display of trust you can give to your loved ones is to speak your truth to them.
The greatest act of daring you can do is to is to allow your loved ones to see the parts of you that lie in shadow and darkness. To courageously be you, while trusting that they will embrace your whole self.
To do this, you will need to be brave. You will need to allow yourself to feel; to be vulnerable; to be broken. You will need to let go of your shame, of your sense of unworthiness. You will need to draw upon stores of strength that you never knew you possessed.
If you do this, you will find that eventually, you will feel an incredible lightness of self. You will find that the love you share will multiply. You and your loved ones will see each other with eyes that see more keenly, and love more deeply. You will wonder how it is possible that this love you share could have grown so much, and you will realize that it can grow even more still.
Not all deserve this side of you. Look to those who truly keep a part of you in their heart. Draw these special ones in. For we are all suffering in some way, and after Divine help, it is these dear souls that help us, share the load with us, as we walk hand-in-hand on the long journey home.
–Merium, The Muslim Educator