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The Rules of Love, 3rd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 85

Accept people’s flaws

It’s funny how we set much higher standards for family than for everyone else. We know that this friend can be a bit abrupt, or that one’s not a great listener, or another friend is unreliable. But most of us expect our parents and siblings to behave perfectly. Maybe it’s because you can always find another friend who will be kind, or listen, or who you can depend on. Whereas this is the only mother/father/brother/sister you’ve got so they need to tick all the boxes single-handedly.

When you think about this, of course it makes no sense. But mostly we don’t think about it. We just get irritated when they aren’t perfect. However, your family is made up of flawed people just like mine is. I know this because everybody’s ...

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