You could be that thread

You could be that thread

So many people are hanging on by the thinnest of threads. Treat all people well. You could be that thread.” ~John Pavlovitz

Kindness costs us so little, and it may mean everything to those we offer it to. Even when we must set limits or draw boundaries, it’s still possible to do so with kindness because we never know how thin a thread another may holding on by.

 

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Compassion for our burdens

It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it. —Gregory Boyle

There is greater compassion in honestly witnessing the burdens those around us carry than there could ever be in judging them for how they carry those burdens.
(This applies to how we look at ourselves and our own burdens as well.)

 

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The best assumption

water lily flowering with green leaves and dark water in background

“All I know is that my life is better when I assume people are doing their best.” ~Brené Brown

It’s so easy to assume the worst of others, and the self-righteous anger in that moment can be an addicting high. But life is so much better when we assume that others are doing their best and move toward compassion instead when we see that they don’t have the resources to do better.