The More You Give, the Better Your Life Will Be.
Some of the very best advise I ever received was to look outside myself for beauty, happiness and compassion. Knowing my propensity for darkness sic depression she taught me to find beauty in even that, but not to get caught up in it!
This person was my mentor (she would have denied it of course) and as I walked with her she would smile here and there at passers by. Buy a sandwich 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 I 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 besieged looking, She was astounded because it was a lot of groceries. I told her it looked like she needed just 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 ex