The More You Give, the Better Your Life Will Be.

Some of the very best advise I ever recieved was to look outside myself for beauty, happiness and compassion. The person was my mentor and as i walked with her she would smile here and there at passers by. Buy a sanwich and give it to a dumpster diver, just any number of small acts of kindness we either don't usually think of or are afraid to perform. She was dying and I knew my remaining time with her was short and that much of what she was sharing with me was her legacy. It changed my life, she changed my life in so many positive ways. Small favors make such a big difference in peoples lives, Like..letting someone who has only a few groceries go first in grocery line or recently a moved aside and waved a young mother with one on her hip and another trying to open everything he could reach and she was just beseaged looking, She was astounded because it was a lot of groceries. I told her it looked like she needed justa little break. She lit up like I'd done something truly awesome and thanked me effusively. But the real reward was watching the change in her expression and demenor. She lightened up became calmer and strangely enough, the children sensed the calmness and became likewise less restless. Soon they were all smiling and joking with the lady at the register and it went a lot smoother for her. It's really the little thing folks, not the money things, thats nice but giving of yourself is the best. 
Mountainman923518 Mountainman923518
56-60, M
3 Responses May 13, 2007

How wonderful,you have a big heart and it shows.People like you make the world a little brighter,I also enjoy random acts of kindness and always find that when I do something nice for someone else I feel sooo good myself!!!

You are so right mountainman! It sounds like under that armor there is a gentle heart.

Yes, a smile can make a great difference in someones day or life. Or just a touch sometimes can help. Or a joke or witty remark - those are wonderful at times. Beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes clear to the bone. A gift to others makes that beauty shine and there's beauty all around.