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If you carry one thing with you today, let it be this: You are brave, you are beautiful, you are strong, you are smart, you are loved.

If we grew apart as friends, there’s 100% chance I’m still cheering you on from afar and that I still love you.

I don’t care much for things I can’t take with me after I die. Give me love. Moments. Purpose. Things that’ll settle in the soul.

You should always tell people how important they are to you. Always.

You have no idea how many people there are in the world whose day could be made and their life changed for the better if someone would just look them in the eye, smile, and say, ‘Hello.’

Our brains are wired for connection, but trauma rewires them for protection. That’s why healthy relationships are difficult for wounded people.

The problem is, everyone is looking for unconditional love, carrying a bag full of conditions.

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

If you have nothing but a caring family, believe me, you are rich.

Tell people what you love about them. Less criticism, more compliments.

Do what you can, when you can, with as much love and honesty as you can, and when you can’t, rest.

Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest yet most incredible things you can ever hear.

Be kind to one another. Say a word or two of encouragement. You never know who may need those gentle reminders more than anything today.

Sometimes you don’t need words to make you feel better. You just need the nearness of your dog.

If today gets difficult, remember the smell of coffee, the way sunlight bounces off a window, the sound of your favorite person’s laugh, the feeling when a song you love comes on, the color of the sky at dusk, and that we are here to take care of each other.

If speaking kindly to plants can help them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do.

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

You can be whoever you want to be. Just be honest and kind. And be the kind of person who helps others see their worth and beauty.

People will teach you how to love by not loving you back. People will teach you how to forgive by not apologizing. People will teach you kindness by their judgment. People will teach you how to grow by remaining stagnant. Pay attention when you’re going through pain and mysterious times. Listen to the wisdom life is trying to teach you.

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.