We are all familiar with the Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that must be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Serenity, courage, and wisdom are the three attributes most needed in our endeavor to remain in intimate relationship with one another.
One of the trickiest things about intimacy is that it requires that we allow ourselves to be judged. And not just judged, but judged guilty.
Entering willingly into an intimate relationship involves stepping up as ourselves, with all of our baggage and none of our armor. Of course, in practice, it doesn’t actually work that way