Selflessness is the Key to Happiness
Sometimes a gift can keep on giving, or I should say, a person cannot stop giving. Through my personal experiences, I witnessed a man that puts others before himself. My grandfather selflessly illustrates compassion, uncleanliness, and resilience.
My grandpa is a very compassionate man. When I became sick in school, he came to pick me up and comforted me with a hard butterscotch candy wrapped in a gold foil. Because my legal guardians had to work, Gramps used to take me to all doctoral and dentistry appointments. He would treat me to lunch before bringing me back to school. Grandpa also attended Mass with me every Friday morning. As my classmates and I walked over to church for weekly Mass, I remember searching each row of cars in the parking-lot for his green Buick. Knowing he was already inside, I entered church smiling from ear to ear. When I sat next to Grandpa, the smell of his woodstove back home radiated off his black leather jacket. Before Mass began, I fell to my knees and thanked God for all little things he has done for my sake.
Although my grandfather lives his life by putting others before himself, he is the most untidy person I know. One reason for his house being dirty, is the fact that he is an old man and he has lost some of his mobility. His unwillingness to get rid of anything is another reason for the cluttered messes left throughout his house. Every time I visit Grandpa, the piles of unneeded things seem to grow and collect dust. Besides the overwhelming piles of useless junk, Gramps has old food. When I went to his house for the holidays, there was often sour milk that had to be thrown out. I once found bread that had passed its expiration date by two whole years. The bread had dusty green mold that covered its whole surface. Sometimes I wish my grandpa would focus more on his own life than the lives of others.
My grandfather is resilient through hard times. He has dealt with a great amount...