Pushing someone into a pool is okay, but only the deep end.
If you get burdened with a nickname you don’t like, kindly ask the name-caller to stop it. If you give someone else a nickname, base it on something positive.
The way you prove this is by not cheating on anything or anyone. There’s no excuse for it.
Be the person who holds the door open, even if you have to stand there too long, and no one nods in acknowledgment. Be satisfied with the fact that you’ve extended a small gesture of helpfulness to strangers.
I learned this from a business associate, but it’s a good rule of thumb for personal interactions as well.
Don’t stay away from home for too long, if only because my heart breaks a little every week we spend apart.
The unfortunate reality is that people will fail you, and you will experience what broken trust does to relationships. I hope that as a consequence, you learn the true value of the faith people place in you. Be worthy of it.
Hypocrisy is not the blanket failure it’s made out to be; we all act in ways that conflict with the image we want to reflect or the values we want to embody. Try not to pigeonhole people with expectations; be forgiving of this inconsistency, both in yourself and in others.