One way to overcome monumental mistakes in your life, forgive yourself, and move forward, is to seek opportunities to help others.

What can you do to contribute something of yourself to your fellow man, woman, or child? How can you love thy neighbor and be of service to others?

When the focus shifts from a “me”-centric life, to one focused on being of service to others, some ground-altering shifts occur in the mind. It’s very real and exact, and you can feel it. That’s likely because we were meant to live a life where we help others.

There are simply so many people that are disadvantaged in this world. It’s easy to look down on them for whatever problem we might think they have. Drugs, alcohol, or any other form of addiction or self-detrimental behavior can create chaos, homelessness, and hopelessness. Being in that situation is scary. And each of us can play our part rather than walking right by or seemingly going about our days as if nothing else mattered.

What can you do to help others? Ask yourself that question every single morning. Today, what can you do to help someone else? There are millions of people who are struggling in this world. Not just in your country, but in other countries as well. And if you want to help someone else, you don’t have to look far.

In your neighborhood, maybe even on your street, there’s someone that needs your help. There’s someone that’s going through a very difficult time and maybe they’re too afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Seek them out anyhow and help them.

It’s far easier to move past all of our personal problems and worrying about forgiving ourselves for past mistakes when we’re focused on helping others. When you can become a true value to others in this world, that’s when some magical things begin to happen.

This isn’t about figuring out what you’ll get in return for doing something for someone else, or even shouting it from the mountaintops when you do charity work.

It’s about helping someone in silence and not having to campaign to others about what you did.