Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama)
I could go in all sorts of directions with this one, but I want to focus on one that doesn’t occur to so many people.
Be kind to yourself.
That doesn’t mean you rationalize or tell yourself stories that aren’t true. It means that we are often our harshest critics. And we’re generally wrong about what we’ve done, or not done, means.
Being kind to ourselves is often the most empowering thing we can do, for ourselves and others.
When we’re kind to ourselves we develop the habit of, and capacity for, kindness. And what we have for ourselves we can give to others. (Just as when we blame and judge and belittle ourselves, that what we have for others… )
Kindness, as with happiness and so many of the “-nesses” is an inside job.
Be true to yourself and what’s real and be kind, to yourself and others – when it’s possible, and when it’s not.