What someone says to you when you’re in their good graces means very little. Compliments feel good, they just do. But how do they treat you in the heat of an argument? When they’re so upset you can feel the fire in their body and see the emotion in their eyes? Those words… The ones that they say to you when you didn’t meet an expectation of theirs… Feel them. Those are the ones you need to absorb. Are they constructive? Do they inspire you? Are they said with an honest interest to help you grow? Or are they destructive? Do they tear fiercely at your self worth? Are they meant to make you ache? No matter how bright you shine, you will at some point walk through darkness, no one exempt. But a choice you do get to make is which voices whisper in your ear beside you in those moments of blackness. So choose people with voices that inspire even in the midst of emptiness. Choose people with touches that feel safe even in a fit of anger. Choose people who see the best in you, even when you’re not being your best you.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu!