The most hurtful words you can say are, “I give up.”

People don’t change and they shouldn’t have to, but growth and learning is mandatory for everyone; accept everyone with their shortcomings, but not at the expense of your self-respect.

Don’t ever pass on the hurt, humiliation, insecurity and pain you feel to anyone else; it must stop with you. 

Reflect positivity back into the world wherever and whenever you can. 

Physical pain will come and go but you will subject yourself to constant emotional pain over and over again, if you can’t leave the past in the past. 

You cannot pour from an empty cup, look after yourself even when there’s no one around. 

Resist the urge to rush everything. 

You will always have more than you need or want, be grateful, but it will never make you feel loved, until you completely trust someone. 

The most important things you need have no monetary value and cannot be taken from you.

If something is yours, it will find it’s way to you. 

Look deeper to find your desires and do not get hung up on everyone else’s desires on your behalf.

Everyone is in the same boat but some are better at faking it until they make it than others. 

Things are never as bad as they may seem, there are always choices, optimism is recognising that. 

Don’t hurt yourself to prove anything; that damage may never heal. 

People who extraneously criticise and judge others do so because they cannot hold themselves responsible for their own actions. 

Gossip, laughing at the (alleged) misfortune of others and looking for things to make yourself think, or feel, you are better than someone else, robs you of the opportunity to be your best, promotes and disseminates negativity obliterating friendships, best wishes, personal growth and goodwill you could potentially have. 

Meeting some people will feel like you have won a lottery in hell but don’t let them ruin future friendships. 

If you do feel like you’ve been dragged down to someone’s petty level, just bounce back to being you as soon as possible.

You might think you have no insight into your own behaviour but you are definitely reflecting on yourself more than most. 

There is no secret to being happy; it’s linked to kindness, selflessness and generosity, but never take them for granted from others. 

You will always be amazed at the kindness of strangers, no matter how cynical you get.