While I was in active addiction I had people who looked at me and turned the other way. I was talked about and laughted at. I thought the world was full of mean people. One day I told myself: the next person who does that, I'm going to smile and say "have a nice day". I was able to show compassion even at my lowest. Compassion is food for the soul. It helped me find my way to a community full of compassionate and non judgmental people. Today I know Compassion Is Badass.
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