Things Someone Who Loved You Should Have Told You

john pavlovitz

Words can do incredible damage, but they can’t hold a candle to silence.

Often it is those words that have been withheld which leave the greatest scars upon us. It is in that terrible absence that we are dealt the harshest blow by those who claim to love us.

Somewhere along the line you were denied something you needed to live; something destination-altering and hope-giving that you deserved.

At some point on your path, someone should have encouraged you, but refrained.
They should have defended you, but did not.
They should have released you, but chose not to.
They should have said something—instead of nothing.

Someone should have told you that you were beautiful far beneath the surface, so that you didn’t grow up believing that you were defined by your waistline or by the scale or by the affection of someone else who may have cared far too little for you.

Someone should have told you that

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5 Responses to Things Someone Who Loved You Should Have Told You

  1. Thank you for sharing this. This really speaks to me, as there have definitely been some times in my life in which the silence of people I loved and trusted did more damage than any words they could have said.

  2. A // W // F says:

    This is just so encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

  3. cherylfoston says:

    This post is very nice and very necessary for sharing!

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