"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."
Present & honest, balanced with a healthy dose of Alpha -- my 4 older sisters taught little bro well re: how to treat a woman. Done serious & long-term internal work, am fairly well-read & -traveled. As comfortable at Ecstatic Dance as the boardroom. And I love my mom b/c here's her advice on relationships (to anyone who asks how my parents have remained together lovingly for 67 years):
We didn't leave ourselves a way out.
(Not the most romantic answer, Mom, but thanks for modeling commitment. And for never taking yourself or life too seriously. Now stop telling every Republican you meet that they're mean.)