Those of you who know me and know this magazine have for years heard me speak about leading with your truth.

Living authentically is the only way to lasting happiness. This I know for sure.

That's why I feel such deep kinship with Glennon Doyle Melton, best-selling author, wildly popular blogger, and writer of my latest book club selection. Glennon wants to shout it from the mountaintops: Sharing the truth of your life—the whole truth, including the good, the not so good, and the completely messed-up stuff that leaves you crying on the floor—is the key to unlocking a genuine spiritual connection with the people around you.

She's gathered a tribe she calls Love Warriors, who believe "the only way to live peacefully is to forgive everyone constantly, including yourself."

This idea resonates so strongly with me. Because I, too, know that hanging on to resentment and grudges keeps you locked in the past. Even when people do or say things that are less than kind, even when you know you got the short end of the stick, the only way forward is onward. Otherwise you get stuck. You stagnate in bad feelings.

I try always to let my pain and disappointment be my teachers. In fact, I've learned my most soulful lessons from betrayal—from people who let me down, who acted one way to my face but very differently behind my back. From every disheartening experience, I've gained new insight. And a firmer resolve to see what I see and know what I know, for sure. That's what it means to be a true Love Warrior. I wish it for you, too.


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