I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.
— Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer (via emotional-algebra)
Before you criticize someone for enjoying a little wealth, consider they might have once endured a great poverty; Before you accuse someone of being pretentious, consider they may be actually self conscious; Before you snipe about someone always being lucky, consider how hard they may have worked to get there; Before you wonder why someone appears so aloof, consider they may have extreme social anxiety or be introverted; Before you ask someone why they won’t smile or cheer up, consider that they may not feel that’s appropriate right now; Before you say anything in spite, consider how it would feel/hurt if it were said to you. Before you judge someone on being lazy, think about how hard it might have been for them to even rise that day, and show their face to the world. Before you offer advice to someone, understand that they have a right to refuse it. Before you assume anything about another person’s character, look inward. Before you point out another person’s physical or emotional flaws, consider your own - the only person you are ultimately responsible for examining.
— Unknown (via dancingnurse-ed)