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If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.

We are all wounded people dealing with messy emotions in a confusing, uncertain, sometimes scary world. That doesn’t give anyone the right to be mean, thoughtless, or disrespectful. But remembering this makes it a little easier to think, ‘I hope you heal from your pain’ instead of ‘I hope you hurt like you hurt me.’

You can never know how many lives you’ve touched, so just know it’s far more than you think. Even the tiniest acts of love, kindness, and compassion can have a massive ripple effect. You have made the world a better place, even if it doesn’t seem like.

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

Whatever you’re feeling, it will eventually pass. You won’t feel sad forever. At some point, you will feel happy again. You won’t feel anxious forever. In time, you will feel calm again. You don’t have to fight your feelings or feel guilty for having them. You just have to accept them and be good to yourself while you ride this out. Resisting your emotions and shaming yourself will only cause you more pain, and you don’t deserve that. You deserve your own love, acceptance, and compassion.

Never define yourself by your relationship status, your income, or your looks. It’s your generosity, kindness, and compassion that counts.

The world isn’t filled with ‘haters’ and ‘toxic people.’ It’s filled with people who are hurting and trying, ineffectively, to give themselves some relief. So distance yourself if you must, but try to do it with empathy, not judgment. The only cure for ‘haters’ is love, so try to show them more kindness than they showed you. This is how we can slowly make the world a more loving place.

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

The truth is we’re all a little bit broken. We must learn to love the broken pieces of ourselves—be gentle and empathetic with ourselves, and others.

The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor’s shoulder is to pat him on the back.

Sometimes, what a person needs is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.

It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Stop beating yourself up.  You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.

The heart is like a garden: it can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.

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