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Kindness and my friend Brian

Hello, Kitty. So welcome back to Integre8t Wellness. Today I have what I think is a beautiful story to share with you about kindness.

About a year ago I was in the hospital last May, and I met a man named Brian. He had been dealt some really bad blows, really seriously bad blows. He was homeless at the time.

He’s a beautifully talented artist, and a really good person. I just felt that about him as soon as I met him. I knew that he was going through a rough patch, so I helped him a lot. It was an obvious choice, because I wanted him to have a chance to come back to his real life, his true life: Being a creative, productive person, and… Kitty…she’s being naughty.

I gave him a bunch of help, and for the first couple of months I really thought that it was going to be… I won’t say wasted time, effort, money and energy…but he had some really challenging months. Some really challenging months, and then for several months he just disappeared altogether. But he just randomly texted me today to tell me that I’m the angel that saved his life, and that he has a bunch of money in savings. He has his own place. He’s painting again and selling his art again. And that just makes me feel so good.

When you invest in something, whether it’s a person or a project or whatever, it’s so rewarding when it comes back and reminds you why kindness should be everybody’s default setting. It feels really good. I’m going to share a painting that he just sold, today actually. I think he said for $300.

A constant light

A common theme in his work is the coastline. The water changes depending perhaps on his mood or state of mind. The weather, the time of day, all that adjusts. One of the constants is a lighthouse in the background, and it’s always lit. I don’t know how else to see that but as a constant ray of hope in the background that guides him back from the rocks.

I’m just really honored that I got to help with that. Really gratified. So I suppose this vlog entry I’m making is to encourage you to remember that the good works that you do: They do matter. They do make a difference. So keep being kind, even when you don’t want to be, even when the day is terrible. Try to find a way to remember to be kind. You’ll get it back. You don’t know when, but you’ll get it back.

Have a lovely day!

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