I had a conversation with my mom recently about being younger and experiences we both had with being picked on or being the picker on-er. Children can be brutal to each other. Girls especially.
I wish I knew then, what I know now.
My mom has always been an example (more like a shining beacon) of kindness and charity and what it really means to love your neighbor.
"Kill them with kindness"
"If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all"
Are just a few of the fun things she would (still does) say to us kids.
And she is right. You never know what is going on in someone elses personal life and rather than attack or judge or be critical, I want to try to always be nice and positive. Ask questions rather than assume. Express empathy. Be hopeful but not obnoxiously so.
Love you all.