As a writer, it is always a nice surprise to receive positive feedback from a reader. I received a letter written by a reader complimenting my columns. She included a quote from Guidepost magazine: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

One of my favorite books is “The Fifth Agreement” by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz. The book talks about five rules we should follow in life. The first one is “Be impeccable with your words.” This means to always speak truthfully with love. The second rule is related to the above quote, “Don’t take everything personally.” The third rule, my favorite, is “Don’t make assumptions.” We need to remember that each individual has their own struggles and stories that should be respected and honored. The fourth agreement is to always do your best because that is all you can do. The fifth agreement is to listen with your heart. When we take time to observe and listen we can uncover many truths.

Nothing is more important than believing in something, from spirituality to non-spirituality because it will never fail you. I believe in the power of love stemming from the heart. Whenever I meet someone, and I feel their unhappiness, I always say a small prayer of love to them because the best thing to do for anyone is to love them.

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