The beginning of love is to let people be themselves.
When we accept those we love for who they truly are, we open our hearts to a deeper love and appreciation of them.
Allowing our friends, children, spouse or partner to be themselves rather than trying to change them into the person we wish they were is a wonderful gift. Each of us is unique. This individuality is what attracted others to us. Honoring the special qualities and idiosyncrasies of others is a very important part of loving them. And when we love others in this way, with an open heart filled with appreciation, that love is returned to us.