“Don’t wait for people to be friendly. Show them how.”
"... I’ve learned we don’t need to live life in a constant state of
reaction to things that seem difficult or unfair. We don’t have to be
the victims of bad coming at us. Our lives don’t have to be the sum of
our problems—not if we take responsibility for putting good into the
That starts by fostering
a greater appreciation for our interdependence. We are not alone. The
world is not against us, and we don’t have to be against each other. We
don’t have to let our fears, insecurities and wants boil over inside us
until we’re all a bunch of incompatible toxic chemicals waiting to
explode the second we collide.
You can always find a negative
story to tell—some situation when another person was insensitive,
selfish, uncaring, unfair, or just plain wrong. You can also find an
underlying struggle that doesn’t justify but might explain their
If you absolutely can’t channel that compassion and patience, you can always find at least one good thing someone did in your day.