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Talking to someone with an open mind is seriously one of my favorite things because there’s never an end to what you can talk about and learn.

When a child can’t calm down they need connection and comfort, not criticism and control.

Sometimes we need someone to simply be there, not to fix anything or do anything in particular, but just to let us feel we are supported and cared about.

What does it mean to hold space for another person? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgment and control.

Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’

We need more people who are willing to say, ‘I’ve been there, and I’m here. You can always talk to me without judgment.’

Please remember to check in on your strong friend, your busy friend, your happy friend, your ‘seems to handle everything well’ friend.

I will never be that friend who calls you every day, but I will always be that friend you can rely on when your world collapses.

You can’t be everyone’s hero. You can’t take away everyone’s pain, solve all their problems, and make them feel happy with themselves and their lives. All you can do is love them, and that’s all you have to do. Just love them in their messiness, their confusion, their grief. See them, hear them, and accept them without judgment. Then let them know it’s okay to be right where they are, and if and when they need you, you’ll be there.

Don’t tell someone to get over it. Help them get through it.

Sometimes you just need to talk about something—not to get sympathy or help, but just to kill its power by allowing the truth of things to hit the air.

Be there. Be open. Be honest. Be kind. Be willing to listen, understand, accept, support, and forgive. This is what it means to love.

People don’t always need advice. Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand them.

Talk less. Listen more. Feel deeper. Love better. Open your eyes. Experience life.

If you want to know someone’s mind, listen to their words. If you want to know their heart, watch their actions.

Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about it.

Silence is often the loudest cry. Pay attention to those you care about.

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we’re listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.

The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.

Just like children, emotions heal when they are heard and validated.