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Every story has two sides

You could tell everything as a tragedy, or you could tell an equally valid and far kinder story. You could say that you made some serious errors, as every human will, and you paid the price for them. Nevertheless, you tried to be good and loved a few people properly. Despite everything, your heart is in the right place.

The difference between hope and despair depends on the way of telling conflicting stories from the same facts.

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Stop comparing what you know of your deep self to the shallow front others advertise about their lives.

We almost all have a character inside our minds that tends to visit us late at night when we're very tired, telling us terrible things in order to destroy our self-confidence and self-compassion.

... who has been internalized. You're speaking to yourself as someone else once talked to you or made you feel.

Maybe you think you're ugly. That might be true, but so are lots of people.

Who cares where you will be in five years? Make it to the next meal and a nice bath. If nothing terrible happens in the next hour, that is a triumph. Celebrate the peaceful next ten minutes.

Despair presumes you know the rest of the story. You don't. Keep going; the loveliest things could happen all of a sudden.

Concentrate on the people with very big hearts. Be honest with them about your pain - they'll find their way to you.

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