Monday, June 3, 2013

Don't Give Up, Give Away

    In the past few weeks there have been some instances where I have felt the full gamut of negative emotions. Sad, angry, guilty, and hurt to name a few. Life in general was fine but certain situations felt hopeless and were starting to bleed into the rest of my life. Fortunately, I had a wonderful grandmother growing up who told me that whenever I felt bad about myself or something in my life, I should do something nice for someone. 
    Once my self-pity dried up (fairly fast, thankfully) I decided to do some service for a family. I didn't tell them and I certainly hope that they never find out that it was me because I wanted it to be anonymous, something nice for them because it really shouldn't be about me. With most anonymous service, you'll likely never know the impact of your actions but yesterday presented me with a special treat. One of the girls from the family came up to me and gushed about how someone had done something nice for her. She was beaming. It was awesome reminder of what an impact we each can have. While I'm sure that this little girl and her family were positively impacted by my small gesture, I'm truly the one who benefitted from it. 
    I came across this quote and in my relatively short life, I have found it to be true.

After my wonderful experience yesterday, I am going to recommit myself to be continually looking for ways to serve and I hope a few of you will join me.

Keep smiling. 

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