I have a neighbor, but who doesn't. This neighbor is unique though. She is a woman who sees the good in everyone and everything. I have never heard anything but positive and encouraging words out of her. She gives and gives without any thought about getting in return.
She recently expressed a desire to learn how to make a pie. To me that was nothing special and so I told her I would be happy to teach her. Little did I know that while I was supposed to be teaching her how to make a pie I would actually become the student.
While I recited the recipe S. measured and mixed the ingredients. Then I demonstrated how to roll out the crust. As I watched how she tentatively performed a task that I had done so many times it suddenly occurred to me that this everyday task wasn't so simple for everyone.
As S. asked her questions trying hard to cement the method in her mind I realized that not only was I helping her to make a pie but also to fulfill a need inside of herself. Something that I so took for granted was not a nothing to this dear woman. This day at this time it was an everything.