Never let anyone make you feel like you need to dumb/quiet/calm/slow yourself down in order for you to matter to them. The people who love you will adjust, and those who don’t will slough off on their own.
Do not be scared of the weight of other people’s lives no matter how difficult their story. By carrying the weight of someone else’s truth, your empathy will build strength and your compassion will gain stamina. Be a rock of a witness who can look the experiences of others in the eyes without bending away; the world already has too many do-gooders with weak backs.
There is nothing selfish about loving yourself so long as you aren’t a cocky punk about it.
The ability to respect all creatures is one of the most beautiful characteristics of being human.
If you want to be heard, learn how to listen.
Just because someone is older or bigger does not mean that they are automatically wiser. Nobody explains to children that there are a lot of stupid adults in the world and you are bound to meet some while being related to others. Kindly let them have their opinions (you might learn something), but do not for a second believe they have the right to tell you how to think or what to believe.
Being excited and bewildered about life is an amazing gift we have the capacity to give our selves.
Humility and humiliation are not the same thing. Humility promotes growth. Humiliation causes unnecessary suffering.
If you want people to take you seriously, respect them. Otherwise, why should they?
You are your own god. Within you is everything you need to be your own source of self-forgiveness, grace, damnation, shame, guilt, pleasure, virtue, salvation, and morality. Despite what the crazies say, these are the real endowments you are free to take for yourself in the here-and-now rather than crossing your fingers and hoping that it’ll be granted unto you in some afterlife.
If you find yourself feeling like you need something to be happy, chances are 1.) you do not need it, and 2.) it will not last very long once it is found.
Listen to what the trees and plants have to say. Pay attention to the morning gossip of finches, the cawing of crows, and the forlornly cry of loons. Learn how to read the tracks of the animals living around you. Your neighborhood is brimming with so much more life than that of mere humans.
Beige is not only a color, it is a lifestyle. I sharply discourage both.
If someone hits you, you alone decide whether or not if you should turn the other cheek or knock them out. Neither is wrong given the proper circumstance, so just make sure that whatever you choose honors what you need so you neither get a chip on your shoulder nor feel ashamed.
If you are going to compare your life to other people’s in order to get a sense of need, look to those who are different for guidance rather than so-and-so down the street. They are usually of the wiser.
There is a difference between self-respect and individual exceptionalism: one is genuine, the other is a lie we tell ourselves.
Gentleness is stronger than aggression.
There is not a soul on this planet whose attention is worth muting yourself for, that is, unless they’re talking.
Adults around you are going to tell you very silly things about people. Never take their word for it but go and experience them for yourself. Always make your own conclusion.