I admire Mark Twain not just for his wit and his storytelling skill, but because he had great insight into the human condition.
Taking your focus off yourself and putting it on helping someone else isn’t just a distraction. It also reminds you that you have the potential to be a good person who makes the world around them a little bit better.
And then you get the benefit of living in that better world.
Plus, when you step out of your comfort zone and help someone else with their problems, you’re giving them the opportunity to help you with yours.
Last but not least, it gives you better perspective on your own troubles.
The second best way to cheer yourself up? If you still need some cheering after you’ve brightened someone else’s day…read a book. 🙂
Opposites attract, right? That’s how it is with my husband and I. He’s a vegetarian, I’m an omnivore. He loves movies with lots of drama, I want action scenes and explosions. He jumps right into the deep end of the swimming pool, while I’m still testing the water with one toe.
But that’s what makes life exciting together. We each take the other person to places we never would have gone on our own.
So true–the flutter of butterflies in your stomach when you see that special person, the way your breath catches in your throat before you say hello…excruciatingly wonderful! That’s one of the things we read romance for, to recapture that experience of infinite possibility which hasn’t yet begun to unfold.
As a kid, my best friend was Heather, a mutt who my father saved from a puppy mill. When I waded in the creek, she jumped in and splashed alongside me. When I climbed trees, she waited at the bottom for me to come back down. I’ll never forget how wonderful it was to go for a walk and know that she’d be right behind me, no matter how far I went.
Wherever she is now, that’s where I’m going when I die, too. See you there, Will.