When the last page is turned in your life’s book and the reviews start to come in, what do you want them to say?
Good parent? Fine son? Great worker? Pillar of society? Excellent writer? Told great jokes?
Worthy accolades, all. But rendered down, I believe the essence of a life well-lived is knowing you made a difference - that the ripples of your passage affected others in a positive way.
Never pass up an opportunity to comfort someone in pain. Keep compliments handy and don’t be shy about doling them out. Layer a slice of honesty with the icing of tact. Gift the lonely with your presence. Listen.
Risk opening your heart - the potential gain is worth the possibility of pain. Keep your mind open too - something good might build a nest in there and the crap will eventually find its way out.
Pay attention to children and the elderly - the former know what you’ve forgotten and the latter know what you’ve yet to learn.
Help someone feel better about themself today. Repeat every day.
That’s all that really matters.