When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering (Don Miguel Ruiz, Mexican author)

Remember the childhood adage: “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? It wasn’t true, was it? Words can really hurt, but Ruiz is suggesting that we need to develop an immunity to such hurt. After all, the words and actions of other people are a reflection of them, not of us. Heed good advice but ignore hurtful insults.

Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. (Proverbs 16:25)