Have you been disillusioned?

How can we heal the hurt when we've been betrayed by someone we trust?

When we have been betrayed, we are sometimes too apt to feel that we will never trust again, and under our hurt may be a secret, surging anger. We may reason that behind the attractive facade of human relationships and experience there is always lurking betrayal, hypocrisy, deception, and selfishness, and that therefore we should look out for "number one"—first, last, and always. We may even decide that the sooner we become "realistic," the better! Then we can suffer no more disappointments. If we expect little of others, we are protected from them. We won't risk being friends with them or loving them again.

There seems to be a certain comfort in such reasoning, of course, but it can soon become wearisome and leave one feeling sad and lonely. And those aren't feelings anyone enjoys!

No lost love
May 30, 1988

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