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When I open my heart, I take the risk of getting hurt. I have been hurt often. Yet, it is the only way to let life touch us deeply. When we open our hearts to life, tears come, not just from hurt, but joy, and tears of joy feel wonderful. Tears from hurt feel cleansing.

When we are guarded, we miss so much of what is possible. For those who have been hurt and shut down, I offer this:

There is a richness gained by opening deeply to life. Even the hurt guides us towards joy. It’s not an easy journey, but one well worth it.