Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
This is a great quote. I find it genuinely helps me when I'm dealing with people who act mean.
Here's another one:
"Be selfish" - A family friend told me that once
"What do YOU want to do?" - Another family friend asked me that once. It really shocked me. I didn't know I was allowed to ask myself that. I thought I had to do what my mom wanted me to do.
"I feel like people get over it" - my work friend's response to me saying, "but didn't your family get upset when you went up and left to a foreign country for a semester?"
People don't need me as much as I think they do
So I just have to do what I want
and if people throw temper tantrums about it
just remember, they will get over it
because they can take care of themselves better than they think they can
and they will find a power in themselves to do what they want to do too
-I made that up actually. It might be extreme and sound bad. But the thing is, being selfish doesn't have to be bad. If I genuinely want to help someone, that is me being "selfish" because I'm doing what I want to do. But it's better than doing something just because someone else asks me to do it. I was kind of hesitant to post this because I'm afraid people will interpret it the wrong way as though we shouldn't care about people. I'm not saying that at all.