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Posted on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 02:54 PM

“When people show you who they are, believe them.”


While I don’t believe any one action defines who someone is, I think there’s something to this. Actions speak louder than words. And repeated actions are what shape our character and reputation.


If someone says they’re trustworthy but repeatedly lies, they are communicating that their word can’t be trusted.


If someone says they want to change but repeatedly fails to make an effort, they are communicating that they aren’t willing to do things differently.


Acknowledging this isn’t forming judgments. It’s recognizing the facts so that we can make a wise choice based on how things are—not how we want them to be.


We may recognize we’re being mistreated and choose to set and enforce a boundary. We all deserve second chances, and sometimes a third or fourth.


But other times we need to open our eyes so that we know when enough is enough.


It’s never our fault when someone else hurts us, but it’s within our power to stop allowing it.

Sometimes in life, a darkness may behold our lives, and in times of weakness, we ask "why?", but without some darkness, how could we appreciate the shining light.

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Posted on Sat, May 10, 2014 08:40 AM

Well said, Jolene!


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