I have always prided myself
on my fierce independence
In my early twenties
I never even let a man open the door for me
or pay for anything

I wanted to prove
I could do it on my own
I wanted to prove I wasn’t using you
And I wanted to make sure
I didn’t owe anyone anything

As I have gotten older
I recognize how this isn’t actually
the most empowered way to move through the world
Letting someone assist you,
help you, care for you
is strength –
not a sign of weakness

Letting yourself receive
is an act of courage
It is daring,
especially in a world
that doesn’t always encourage vulnerability

To heal, we must let the love in
Yes, take care of yourself
Yes, save yourself
And yes, love yourself
But don’t close out others in the process
Let the love in

Sometimes we need help
and that is not only okay,
it’s beautiful
and it’s why we are all here
to wipe away each other’s tears
to lift each other up
and to love,
to love unconditionally

In many ways this is why I share
in the way I do
I know by that by exposing
all the tender parts of me
the parts of me I have denied love to
for so long
I invite you to do the same

It is only in the hiding
that connection is hindered

So show me love
Show me all the parts of you
that you do not love
so I know where to begin

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.