We need relationships to learn and grow. The challenge in relationships is in balancing the conflict they create within us.

In her book Anatomy of the Spirit, Carolyn Myss writes as long we focus on trying to control another person and forget that the person is a mirror reflecting back to us our qualities, we keep conflict alive within ourselves.

How fast we want to grow will depend on the relationships we choose to cultivate and the rite of passage experienced.

And so it is, Amen.