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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.

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

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.