What is so profoundly transformative, is the courage to look at yourself and not to give up on yourself when you see negative qualities. In facing these things we develop a compassion for our shared humanity. When we are willing to expose our defects, we expose some kind of heart to other people.

Curiously enough, people respond more to our honesty about our imperfections. People resonate with the bravery of someone who is courageous enough to express their pain.

Pema Chodron, Emotional Alchemy by Tara Bennett-Goleman