Rebbe Nachman teaches us:
Know! a person of truth is one who performs all the mitzvot in all their fine detail between oneself and G-d, just as one does when in the presence of other people. It makes no difference whatsoever if alone or not, since this person has no trace of insincerity which would lead one, G-d forbid, to make some sort of gesture or movement for other people to see. Such a person of truth draws down the power of all the charity that is given, and thereby nullifies the heretical thoughts.
Based on Likutei Moharan I: 251
Know! You need to judge every person favorably, even someone who is completely wicked, you need to search and find any little bit of good. By finding in him a little good and judging him favorably you actually bring him over to the side of merit and you can return him in t’shuva (repentance) -Rebbe Nachman, Likutei Moharan I: 282
One of the main reasons people get depressed is failure. We must be careful, it’s not good to allow a feeling of failure to set in. When we do, we become pessimistic and this invites further failures. What else can we do? We can find a good point in ourselves. Recharge with optimism and positive thinking. We do have valuable qualities! We can succeed! Adopting this attitude will help us recover from any setbacks. Even in those areas where things are going all wrong, we will encounter success. Many times, we need to find the the good points even in ourselves!
Adapted from Crossing the Narrow Bridge, by Chaim Kramer
Do not judge your friend until you reach his level. (Avot 2:5)
Judging others favorably applies not only to sinners, but even to our enemies who would harm us. In most cases, enmity between two people stems from petty jealousy. Either I am jealous of my friend, because he has more or has accomplished more than I have, or else he is envious of what I have or of what I have achieved. We are not equals in the area where the jealousy exists.
Rebbe Nachman tells us to endeavor to be with him in one place… Then there will surely be no opposition, for within uniformity no opposition is possible.
If we were, there would be be no reason for envy. Either I have to raise myself to his position or, if he is on a lower level than I am, I have to elevate him and make him my equal. How? Easily, I judge him favorably. Then, when there are no longer differences between us, there will be no room for jealousies and nothing to fight about. (Based on Likutei Moharan I: 136)
Excerpt from Crossing the Narrow Bridge, by Chaim Kramer
This world exists only to bring about Hashem’s eternal purpose.
There is no need to be upset about whether or not you have money. Even with money, you could waste away your days. The world deceives us completely. It makes us think we are constantly gaining but we end up with nothing. People spend years working to make money, but in the end, when they come to the final reckoning, they are left with nothing in their hands. Even when someone becomes rich, in the end he is taken from his money.
People and wealth cannot remain together. Either the money is taken from the person or the person from his money. No one has ever stayed with his money.
Rebbe Nachman in Sichot HaRan #51