Be proud of the love you gave, even if it didn’t turn out the way you hoped.

Relationships don’t always turn out the way we hoped or dreamed of. We may go in with the best of intentions and purest heart, but things can go south for many reasons. You might feel exhausted afterward, especially if it was a difficult relationship or you didn’t receive a balanced love. Especially if you’re the kind who loves deeply with every particle of your soul.

Whatever happened, be proud of the love you gave. And appreciate the love they gave you (if they did – some people confuse love with lust, or a need to fill a void).

Most of all, any love you give will expand your heart, even if it feels terribly contracted right after a break-up or unfair treatment. Give to yourself what someone may not have known how to fully correspond with their own heart (for whatever reason), and let that self love soothe your aches.

You did your best.

You gave love. Not everybody knows how to do that, though they’re happy to receive it.

Love is the gift that keeps on giving, to you and to those who are open to receiving it from you.

Be proud that you get to love.