You’re not responsible for the hand of cards you were dealt. You’re responsible for making out what you’re given.

~Christopher Sommer

Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

“How come you’re always happy?”

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A friend once asked, “How come you’re always happy? You’re always fascinated by everything, even things that don’t really matter.” 

She said that right after I had taken out my eggs from the microwave. It was my first time poaching eggs in the microwave, and I couldn’t help but be amused at how well it turned out.

“Well…” as I answered her through mouthfuls of food, “it’s because I’m always learning.” 

“You should never publicly criticize anyone or anything unless it is a matter of morals or ethics. Anything negative you say could be at the very least ruin someone’s day or worse, break someone’s heart, or simply change someone from being a future ally of yours to someone who will never forget that you were unkind of unfairly critical. It’s so common today to complain or criticize other’s work on social media, or dogpile on someone for a perceived offense. I won’t do it. It’s not my job to be the world’s critic, and I’d rather not rule out any future allies.”

Jane McGonigal