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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.’

The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.

It is not always possible to know why people act the way they do, but I can guarantee that you will feel better if you give people the benefit of the doubt more often than not. When in doubt, be kind. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind.

The world is already so full of conflict. If we want to create more peace in the world, we have to choose not to take things personally and instead respond with understanding, compassion, connection, and peace.

What is the difference between ‘I like you’ and ‘I love you?’ Beautifully answered by the Buddha: ‘When you like a flower, you just pluck it; when you love a flower, you water it daily.’ The one who understands this, understands life.

As you get older you really just want to be surrounded by good people. People who are good for you, good to you, and good for your soul.

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.’

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

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

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.

People will only understand you at the level they understand themselves.

The best apology is simply admitting your mistake. The worst apology is dressing up your mistake with rationalizations to make it look like you were not really wrong, but just misunderstood.

Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were shamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you—to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.

Maturity doesn’t mean age. It’s sensitivity, manners, and how you react.

Compassion dissolves anger. Understanding why someone behaves the way they do allows for forgiveness when they have mistreated you. Maybe they are insecure, or in pain, or maybe they even suffered some type of abuse in their lifetime, and you can see why they are the way they are. But when your compassion extends to excusing them for treating you poorly, over and over, it not only damages your self-worth, but prevents them from healing as well. Refuse to allow it to continue, for everyone’s sake.

Those who judge will never understand, and those who understand will never judge.

Sometimes the only closure you need is the understanding that you deserve better.

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.