I have a friend who inspires me to be a better person. She has a severely limited income at the moment…by far the most limited of anyone that I know by far. Yet she lives in the richest way I’ve seen in a long time.
Every time she comes over it’s with a gift in hand. Whether it’s a lunch from Trader Joes or a treasure she has had for years that she has to let go of because she has no place to keep it. The bigger part is the absolute joy that she feels in giving the gift away to see the happiness we express while receiving it.
I have many people that I come into contact with on a daily basis, and the most fulfilled are those, like this friend, who get so much out of finding the gratitude in making someone else smile.
She also loves to amuse the people around her. When we all laugh at her antics, her spontaneous singing, or boisterous off color jokes, she just sparkles with delight.
She has a great ability to pick herself up from what most of us would consider “the lowest you can go”. There is always a desire to “get it right” and find the answers to her life.
Her days are not easy in so many ways.
The thing that truly inspires me the most is her empathy and compassion. She truly cares deeply when someone that she loves feels bad. She cares about someone else’s day and has interest. That is something extremely special in today’s world.
The friend is reading this and I know that she knows who she is. Keep smiling you unique ray of sunshine. Keep giving, keep living with great compassion, continue to amuse us all, and keep being such an example of what appreciation looks like. I am blessed to call you my friend.
Also, the quote/photo was hers. Thanks!
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