do you really know the people you are closest to?

i was wondering this for myself and i thought i’d ask you as well,
do you really know the people you are closest to?

what i think is this —

we only know people through:

what they choose to share with us, 
and/or 
our perception of them / their actions. 

that is nowhere close to knowing:

them for who they really are
what they’re feeling or going through
how they see themselves


sharing a couple of quotes to serve as reminders for living consciously in our relationships —

first impressions are almost always wrong.

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just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.

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maybe we will never know others for who they really are, 
just as they won’t ever know us for who we really are!

given that we won’t truly know anyone, i invite you to keep the following in mind — 

be compassionate.
ask questions instead of assuming.
and, most importantly,
if you don’t have anything supportive to say, stay shut!


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