Trite, but true: one can benefit more by giving than receiving (unless one believes that the measure of all things is material). After a frustrating day which saw several projects being stymied, I took the prepared dishes to the families at Home and Hope. After dinner I cleared the tables, put the dishes in the washer, and checked in on the guests.
The baby smiled and asked to be picked up. I held her for five minutes while she gazed at me with guileless eyes. Work seemed less important, and I became more ready to tackle those frustrating projects the next day.