Yearning for twinship?

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” Thomas Merton: No Man is an Island”

I like this quote because it offers a path to acceptance rather than always a desire for change in our partner. Is an image of what we want our partner to be (usually more like us) interfering with reality and preventing real love and acceptance?

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