The following are various quotations, some anonymous, for your reflection.

“Even when we are not getting along, we can choose to focus on reasons to love one another, forgive one another, and support one another.” Remember what Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Art critic John Ruskin once said, “Do not think of your faults, still less of others’ faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.” In another place he says, “A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”

Writer Bob Talbert: “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”

“The sad thing is nobody ever really knows how much anyone else is hurting. We could be standing next to someone who is completely broken and we would not even know about it.”

India’s civil rights advocate, Mahatma Ghandi, declared, “Before the throne of the Almighty, we will be judged not by our acts but by our intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.”

Winston Churchill: “If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided, all will fail.” “Don’t let anyone’s ignorance, hate, drama, or negativity stop you from being the best person God wants you to be.” “People don’t abandon people they love. They abandon people they were using.”

Mother Teresa told us, “Every time you smile at someone, it is a gift to that person.”

Writer Jonathan Huie reminds us, “Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” In another place he says, “We hold the power to make things happen through our intent – to the extent that we use our intention with compassion and without ego.” And “A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”

American judge, Leon Yankwich noted, “There are no illegitimate children – only illegitimate parents.”

“Take responsibility. Be very careful that what you say and do will not affect others negatively. Remember to keep all your intentions positive.”

“No one is more cherished in the world than someone who lightens the burden of others.”

“Praying for your friends is so important because sometimes they fight battles about which they will never speak to you. Make sure they are covered.”

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all have the potential to turn a life around.”

“No amount of physical beauty will ever be as valuable as a beautiful heart.”

“Always remember someone’s effort is a reflection of their interest in you.”

“Once you know what you want, you need to make sure that your actions and words are both aligned. You need to be honest with yourself and with others. You should be authentic, not play games, not pretend to be someone you’re not. When someone has pure intentions, they tend to be real, genuine, and authentic.”

“It costs $0.00 to pray for someone going through difficulties. When we join in prayer, we receive a double blessing as friends. We not only unite in the corporate power of prayer, but also gain the power of trusting a beloved friend with our hearts.”

Pope John Paul II said, “Let’s think how beautiful it would be if we would not insult others.”

Writer Dale Carnegie noted, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in others than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

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