“An honorable human relationship – that is one in which two people have the right to use the word love – is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying for both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.” -Adrienne Rich
I am drawn to the idea of relationships – whether romantic, friendship, or divine – as refining processes. Honorable relationships are not static, they grow and move towards what I think (and hope) is ever increasing trust and vulnerability.
Relationships form the core of our identities. We were created from and for relationship. They make us who we are and they dictate who we are becoming. Seems to me like being in honorable relationships is pretty key to life…
Do you have any relationships that you would deem honorable? What makes them so? Why are you spending time in relationships that aren’t honorable?
We often and easily throw around the word “love.” But when, in relationship, do we earn the right to use that word? It’s a worthwhile, and potentially relationship-changing question that Adrienne Rich poses.