“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” — Swedish Proverb
Whether it’s a child in the throes of the “terrible twos,” or a full-grown adult throwing a hissy fit…being unnecessarily difficult is often just a way of saying, “I need help, I’m afraid, I want you to see past the thorns and come closer. Don’t fall for my pushing-you-away tactics—I just don’t know what else to do right now.”
Once you realize this, you can see through the unpleasant smokescreen and focus on the vulnerable person inside who needs you. Perhaps he just needs you to be there, to listen non-judgmentally, to accept that he has warts, just like you do.
Marilyn Monroe said, “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” We all have an inner “terrible two.” And there are times when we all want to be loved, but don’t know how to ask for it. A little kindness goes a long way, doesn’t it?